Researchers wishing to conduct a study at Brookhaven College must first contact the associate vice president for the Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) and submit a research study proposal outlining the purpose, research questions, and methods of data collection and analysis. The associate vice president of PRIE, in conjunction with departments to be involved in the study, will evaluate whether Brookhaven College can commit the resources necessary for the study and will make a recommendation to the president. The president makes the final determination concerning approval to conduct the study. Preliminary approval to conduct the study will be contingent upon approval of the Institutional Review Board, IRB, for the protection of human subjects.
Once preliminary approval to conduct the study has been obtained, the researcher will forward the study proposal to the chair of the IRB. The IRB chair will determine which review process the study must undergo: full or expedited review, or if the study is exempt from review. Following that determination, the IRB chair will send forms appropriate to the identified review process to the researcher to complete. After those documents are received, reviewed and approved, the research study may proceed.
The basic principles that govern the IRB in assuring that the rights and welfare of subjects are protected and are contained in Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research ("The Belmont Report - http://ohrp.osophs.dhhs.gov/humansubjects/guidance/belmont.htm"), and The National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, April 18, 1979