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IRB: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How is Research & Creative Work Described?   

  • Research Work: An inquiry or investigation conducted by a student that makes an original intellectual contribution to the discipline.     
  • Creative Work: An inquiry or investigation conducted by a student that makes an original creative contribution to the discipline.     
  • Course-Based Research or Creative Work: A research or creative experience that is conducted as a graded requirement of a singular course. This experience must include didactic content and instruction on skills development applied by the student to complete their research or creative work. Student research or creative work should meet the learning objectives as outlined on the course syllabus.  
  • Discovery-Based Research or Creative Work: A research or creative experience that is conducted outside of a singular course, but is directed by a faculty member, employed researcher, or research team.


Can I consult with the IRB before I apply for IRB approval? 

Yes. Faculty are encouraged to contact the current Chair of the Institutional Review Board, who will coordinate a representative to meet with you. Individuals seeking IRB approval will be advised on: how best to complete the IRB application, recommendations for expanding the breadth and depth of the IRB application, and any potential of risk to research participants.

The IRB will not provide you with recommendations for research design but encourage you to use research methods commonly used in your field.

 

Does IRB Approval expire?
Yes. IRB Approval is granted for one (1) calendar year only. If your data collection will continue beyond one year, you will need to resubmit an IRB application with any changes for a renewed approval.

 

Can students write and submit an IRB application? 

Yes. Students are able to submit an IRB application. However, a Catawba College faculty, staff member, or external research supervisor must be listed as the Principle Investigator.

 

If my IRB application is rejected, can I revise and resubmit it?

Yes. IRB applications not approved can be revised and resubmitted for potential approval. If your IRB application is rejected you are encouraged to contact the current Chair of the Institutional Review Board or designated representative to discuss your revisions.

 

Does Catawba College offer research ethics training?

No. Currently, Catawba College does not fund or offer research ethics training for certification. However, Catawba College is investigating research ethics training for the entire College Community which includes, faculty, staff, and all level of students.