Guidelines for Research
The role of the Human Subjects Review Board (HSRB) is to protect the rights of human subjects used in research as well as to ensure faculty, staff, and student researcher compliance with federal regulations governing human subjects research projects.
All research projects by Monmouth College faculty, staff, or students involving human subjects* must receive review and approval from the Monmouth College HSRB prior to the initiation of data collection.
In addition, all research projects from other institutions that seek to utilize Monmouth College faculty, staff, or students as human subjects must receive review and approval from the Monmouth College HSRB.
Researchers engaged in the process of discovery and development in all fields have great responsibilities in conducting their investigations in thoughtful and conscientious ways. These responsibilities include the careful treatment and consideration of data; the proper attribution of credit for work and ideas; the responsible protection, use, and sharing of data; and, a healthy skepticism when drawing conclusions while analyzing data. At Monmouth College, where undergraduate research is an important component of our curriculum and where we teach students how to do research, we take on the additional responsibility of teaching students how to perform research in responsible ways. In keeping with this charge, Monmouth College requires that all researchers (students, faculty, and staff) who are supported by external funding agencies (public and private) be trained in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). This training may include online or on-campus courses or experiences and will be certified by the academic dean or his/her designee. In general, the academic dean or his/her designee will consult with senior faculty in relevant disciplines or department chairs to verify the appropriateness of the training for the researchers and their discipline.
After completing the training, faculty and staff members are required to notify the Office of Academic Affairs that they have completed the approved training in the responsible conduct of research. Faculty research advisers will also inform the Office of Academic Affairs when students have completed their training. The Office of Academic Affairs will maintain records of this training activity and make it available upon request by funding agencies. Renewal of this training will be done as needed when required by external funding agencies or the academic dean, but is not to exceed once per year without adequate cause and written justification.
If an entire class is conducting a project with similar goals, the instructor may complete a single proposal with an explanation about how the subjects’ rights will be protected.
Failure to receive prior review may result in disciplinary action by the College and/or legal actions against the faculty members, students, staff members, and the College; suspension or termination of a research project; and, in the case of students, potential delays of graduation.
*Exceptions to the review process include:
Projects related to teaching or classroom demonstrations, provided that these projects meet all the following criteria:
- They use Monmouth College student subjects.
- They do not use individuals from “vulnerable” populations (including, but not limited to, children, prisoners, pregnant women, undocumented immigrants, or developmentally disabled individuals).
- They do not involve socially unacceptable stimuli (e.g., sexually explicit materials or questions, questions about drug use, questions about sexual orientation or sexual experience, or the purposeful creation of anxiety).
- Findings will not be presented in any form outside the classroom.