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Research Requiring IRB Approval

The University distinguishes between federally supported research and non-supported research in the following manner.

  • For federally supported research, researchers will follow the general principles of the Belmont report, comply with the specific guidelines in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45, part 46 (i.e., the “Common Rule”) for the protection of human research participants, and follow the “Research Ethics Guidelines” specific to Doane University. The IRB (or when appropriate, the Chair or a designated member of the IRB) will review these projects to help the researchers maintain compliance with the Common Rule and ensure the protection of research participants. As a part of this compliance, the University will develop educational programs to ensure that the IRB members and faculty involved in such research are sufficiently knowledgeable about the Belmont principles and the Common Rule regulations.

  • For research that does not receive federal support, researchers will follow the general principles of the Belmont Report and the additional “Research Ethics Guidelines” specific to Doane University. The IRB (or when appropriate, the Chair or a designated member of the IRB) will review these projects to ensure the protection of research participants. These projects will not necessarily be subject to the specific requirements of the Common Rule that govern federally supported research, although the IRB may draw upon these guidelines on a case by case basis to ensure the adequate protection of research participants.

IRB review is restricted to only those research projects involving human subjects that are systematically designed to produce generalizable knowledge about human nature intended to be shared with the public or other scholars. Journalistic activities such as news or investigative reporting are explicitly excluded from the Doane University IRB review process. In addition, course projects which are intended for pedagogical purposes that involve the collection of information about humans but are not systematically designed to produce generalizable knowledge are explicitly excluded from the Doane College IRB review process.