As an institution of higher education, Suffolk County Community understands the value
of research performed for a variety of purposes. Suffolk County Community College
also is committed to safeguarding the welfare, rights, and privacy of all persons
who participate as subjects in research projects conducted under its auspices, and
to ensuring that the subjects of such research are aware of their rights and the protections
available to them. In compliance with federal regulations, Suffolk maintains an Institutional
Review Board (IRB) to review all research requests to make sure they conform to human
subject protection standards. These safeguards derive from the ethical principles,
which were first articulated in the Belmont Report issued by the National Commission
for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research in 1979.
On this page, you will find the College’s policies, procedures, forms, and review guidelines for research involving human subjects as well as the process for obtaining approval from Suffolk’s IRB. Any person conducting a research project using human subjects will need to obtain approval of the IRB prior to collecting data. The purpose of this policy is to provide a single, comprehensive standard of protection for human subjects of research conducted by students, staff, faculty, or visiting researchers at Suffolk County Community College. The intent is to assure that researchers do not unduly put at risk or harm the subjects of research, and that the subjects of such research are aware of their rights as defined in Title 45, part 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations. IRB approval must precede commencement of any work involving human subjects.
Suffolk County Community College receives many requests for permission to perform research studies. Our IRB policy has been developed to encourage research while maintaining protections for those who take part in any research activities. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me or the College's IRB Chair, Dr. Helen C. Wittmann.
Jeffrey M. Pedersen, Ed.D.
Vice President for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness