Institutional Review Board

FAQs

Why do we have an Institutional Review Board?
Institutional Review Boards are mandated by federal law for any research conducted on human beings involving federal employees or the use of federal money. Additionally, many publications and some conferences require that any research being presented that involves human participants has been approved by an institutional review board. Perhaps most importantly however, the IRB plays a critical role in the life of our institution, helping faculty, staff and students in their work as scholars. We also help to provide reassurance to the public that our educational community meets all appropriate ethical standards, and we provide consultation and assistance to investigators to help improve the quality of research while protecting participants.

As an investigator, where do I get the information I need about the IRB and its policies?
This website is designed to provide you with access to all materials, including policies and forms that you will need. Additionally, manuals are provided to help in the completion of forms. If you want additional information, contact Mike Tyler, PhD, (810) 766-4329 or write to irb@baker.edu.

I submitted a proposal to the IRB for a research project I want to do, but it was rejected, what do I do now?
In most cases, projects that are returned to investigators without IRB approval can be modified and re-submitted with minor changes. In all cases, your proposal will be returned with extensive feedback and suggestions to help guide you in your re-development efforts.

My proposal was approved, am I now done with the IRB?
According to IRB policy, approval is given for up to one year. Anytime a project continues after the end of the 12 month approval period, re-approval must be obtained. Generally, this simply means that a letter of request needs to be filed with the IRB. The letter should include any preliminary findings, and should explain either that no adverse impact has been noted among participants, or explaining any adverse impact that has occurred. If there has been any change to the research project that has not already been approved, the update request must improve notification of these changes.

I have a project I want to start, how quickly will my proposal be approved?
The IRB meets no more than 1 time per month. In most cases, a lead time of 3 weeks is required to ensure that your paperwork is ready for distribution and can be acted upon at the next meeting. Therefore, when planning, investigators should always look at the scheduled meeting times (see the "meeting dates" link on this page) and plan to submit their proposal at least three weeks in advance. Investigators are never approved to begin projects, and may not begin any project on the Baker College Campus, with members of the Baker College Community, or as a student or employee of Baker College until notification has been received from the IRB.

What kind of project must be approved?
Any project that involves an investigation of human beings or human behavior are subject to review by the IRB. There are different levels of review (exempt, expedited, full board) depending on the type of research being conducted. However, regardless of the level of review, the IRB maintains the authority to review ALL human subjects research on a Baker College Campus, or conducted by or on any member of the Baker College Academic Community. A more complete explanation of review policies and procedures can be found under "links" and "policies."

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