All Defiance College faculty, staff, and students who want to conduct research with human subjects will need to complete training on the ethical treatment of human subjects.
Free training is offered on-line by the National Institute of Health website. Verification of the completion of the training will be given to you in the form of a certificate. An electronic copy of the certificate must be forwarded to the IRB.
The NIH training may be too challenging for undergraduate students. Because of this, faculty members can create a substitute project for their students. The project can be a paper in which the student demonstrates familiarity of the ethical principles. For example, psychology students write a paper on the American Psychological Association’s (APA) ethical guidelines, which are a streamlined version of the NIH guidelines. APA guidelines are in a file in this folder.
The co-chairs of the IRB are Amy Drees and Debbie Dalke. Proposals for research with human subjects submitted to the IRB by staff or faculty members who have not completed this training will not be reviewed.