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Institutional Review Board

The Carthage College Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews all research projects involving human participants. The IRB ensures research projects comply with Federal Guidelines for the protection of the rights and safety of human participants in research studies/ projects.

Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Carthage College Institutional Review Board hereby informs the Carthage community that all research using human subjects must conform to Carthage College guidelines established for maintaining human safety during the on-going COVID-19 crisis. Links to these guidelines and information on Carthage’s plans, policies, and response to COVID-19 can be found on the #StaySafeCarthage website.

If you are currently conducting or planning to conduct human subjects research, review current IRB guidelines for maintaining safe research protocols during COVID-19

Projects requiring IRB review


  • All research initiated by faculty or staff focused on human participants.
  • All research projects that gather any information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, such as name, social security number, date and place of birth, mother’s maiden name, or biometric records.
  • All research projects that may present risk to participants, including physical, social, or psychological risk.
  • All dissertations, theses or other student projects researching human participants.
  • All training programs with a human subjects research component, regardless of the source of funding.

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