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Institutional Review Board

Research conducted by Prairie State College faculty, administration, staff, or students using human participants is now overseen by the Prairie State College Institutional Review Board (IRB), certified in July, 2014. Its purpose is to facilitate human subjects research and ensure the rights and welfare of human subjects are protected during their participation.

What is the Mission of the IRB?

Prairie State College (PSC) seeks to uphold the highest standards in the ethical conduct of research including the protection of human participants, including any and all identifying participant data, while enabling faculty, staff, administration, and students to conduct research in a timely and efficient manner. The primary objective of the PSC IRB is to facilitate those goals by reviewing, approving, modifying, or disapproving research protocols submitted by PSC researchers. The IRB process is determined by roles and regulations for federally funded research, primarily the provisions of the Protection of Human Subject in the Code of Federal Regulations (45 CFR 46) and supporting materials such as the Belmont Report. The PSC IRB is striving to create a culture of respect for, and awareness of, the rights and welfare of human research participants, while furthering knowledge and the highest standard of research.

Download the Belmont Report

What Requires IRB Review/Approval?

All human subject research requires approval from the IRB, though the definition of such research may be unclear. At the present time, please contact the IRB Chair, Cynthia Cornejo, PsyD at ccornejo2@prairiestate.edu or call (708) 709-7775 for the appropriate decision tree and proposal forms which will be helpful in determining whether or not research requires IRB approval or qualifies for an exemption.

Download the IRB Process - Types of Review

Download Decision Tree

Download fillable form: Protocol Approval Request for Research Involving Human Participants

Download fillable form: Request for Continuing IRB Approval

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Thanks and source credit are extended to William Smith, J.D., IRB Director at Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale-Davie, FL, for permission to use document templates, ideas, and assistance.