The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Valencia College is a representative group of faculty and staff members who review research proposals on a regular basis when the person proposing the study aims to obtain any information about Valencia students or employees and plans to share that information (for example, through publications or presentations). Details and definitions are provided on this website along with the steps necessary to apply for IRB review.
As the Chair of the IRB Board I am here to help answer questions, provide the materials that you need to apply for IRB review, and assist with training related to the ethical conduct of research. The IRB Board and review process is required of institutions like Valencia College by order of a federal mandate. This review is required by law in order to protect the rights of participants and researchers and to identify the risks that are assumed by institutions that support research intitatives. The information on our site reflects the recent revisions to the federal guidelines that went into effect on Jan. 19, 2018. You may access more information, including next steps to take and forms, through the “Resources” option above.
We are here to help you to understand the required steps and to participate in the process.
Laura Blasi. Ph.D.
Director, Institutional Evaluation
It is the investigator who self-determines whether his/her project qualifies as human subjects research, and whether an application should be submitted to the Valencia IRB. However, it is important to be aware that when conducting human subjects research involving Valencia students or employees, any investigator who elects not to apply for and receive a formal IRB determination from Valencia's IRB is non-compliant with Valencia procedures. This means that the investigator's research will not be protected from any risk or liability that IRB approval might have provided. Any individual (inside or outside the College, including administrators, faculty, staff, or students) who desires to conduct any systematic investigation that involves obtaining any information about Valencia students or employees and plans to use that information as generalizable* knowledge must obtain official Valencia Institutional Review Board (IRB) clearance. There are three types of IRB review processes – exempt from review, expedited review, and full review – where research protocols are subjected to different degrees of scrutiny.
*generalizable - research data gathered by systematic investigation to be used in materials including but not limited to dissertations and theses, collaborative research with other institutions or organizations.
If you are currently a Valencia College employee you will want to complete the Key Questions screening survey to determine if you need to apply. https://tiny.cc/valencia_IRB.