Institutional Review Board
What is an Institutional Review Board (IRB)?The role of an IRB is to foster ethical treatment of human research participants. Before IRBs were instituted as a national standard, some researchers conducted studies that resulted in serious and unwelcomed consequences for the participants. For these researchers, the potential gained knowledge overshadowed the harm done to the participants. IRBs have since been instituted to make sure a balance exists between harm to subjects and potential gain.
The IRB at BardInstitutional Review Boards function in three ways:
- by educating the community about commonly accepted standards for the ethical treatment of volunteer research participants,
- by fostering discussion about how those general principles apply in particular cases and the balance between the risks to research participants and the long-term benefits of the research, and
- by reviewing ongoing research to ensure that it complies with commonly accepted practices and standards.
- Research that produces generalizable or universal knowledge;
- Research that involves human participants;
- Research involving human participants that is required to be reviewed under existing IRB procedures.
All research carried out by Bard College faculty, staff, and students for which people are research participants must be carried out in accordance with Bard College IRB policies. The IRB will not consider proposals for research that has already been conducted.
Before data collection can begin on a project, the IRB must review and approve the methods and procedures that will be used. This includes proposals for:
- Faculty research
- Senior projects
- Research conducted outside of the classroom (e.g., independent projects)
- Class projects that serve as pilot studies
Contact the IRB
IRB MembersHere are seven representatives on Bard's Institutional Review board:
six faculty from the College plus one community representative.
Please feel free to contact any of us if you have any questions about the IRB process.
- Tabetha Ewing
- Peter Klein
- Gautam Sethi
- Simeen Sattar (chair, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Georganna Ulary (community representative)
- Peter Gadsby (administrative representative)