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Institutional Review Board

Bridgewater College recognizes the importance of conducting research using human participants to further the knowledge base of the academic and larger community. The College accepts the responsibility to assure that research conducted under its auspices protects the rights and welfare of human participants in accordance with federal regulations and ethical standards. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) will oversee this process by reviewing research involving human participants conducted by faculty, staff and students.

The mission of the IRB is to ensure that human participants are treated with the utmost respect and fairness throughout the research process as stipulated by the Belmont Report, Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46 Protection of Human Subjects, and Virginia Code 32.1-162.16-20. The goal of IRB review at Bridgewater is to help the researcher examine the research design so that 1) human participants are recruited and treated ethically, 2) participants feel their consent to participate is fully informed, 3) the data gathered is confidential, and 4) the relationship of risks and benefits to participants are fully considered.

Dates of Scheduled Meetings:

  • September 18, 2014
  • October 16, 2014
  • November 20, 2014
  • December 12, 2014
  • January 15, 2015

There will be no IRB meetings during the summer, however the committee will accept exempt and expedited applications all summer. Decision times may exceed the typical 10 business day response window. Applications needing full committee review will be considered at the first meeting in September.

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