Employee Handbook

12.6 Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) protects the rights of human research participants while safeguarding the academic freedom and autonomy of researchers. The Institutional Review Board typically consists of three faculty members an done staff member. The Board must include men and women with diverse backgrounds. It must also include persons with a scientific expertise, though at least one member must specialize in a nonscience area. The IRB reports to the Provost.

All research involving human participants must be reviewed by either the Macalester College Institutional Review Board or an academic department committee formed for this purpose. This includes research involving human participants done by faculty, by college committees, and by students as part of an academic course or independent project. Copies of the regulations governing human research are available form the Provost.