Ongoing education in the ethical treatment of research participants, the components of informed consent, and the handling of research materials and data is an important component of research and scholarship. We require that all investigators - especially student investigators - involved in research undergo formal training in current thought and issues in this area.
More information . . . There is an excellent book on ethics written by the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) and the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences and Education (BCSSE) called Protecting Participants and Facilitating Social and Behavioral Sciences Research (2003). It is available in its entirety ONLINE or you can order a copy of the book. It has good practical suggestions on how to enhance your research and protect your subjects and is a great thing to read while you are in the process of designing your research.
There is a great deal of information available on the ethical treatment of human research participants, including how to use accessible language in consent forms, past ethics conventions, and federal guidelines.
Contact the IRB
Here are the six representatives on Bard's Institutional Review board:
five 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.
- Sanjaya DeSilva
- Justin Hulbert
- Shai Secunda
- Gautam Sethi
- Simeen Sattar (chair, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Elizabeth Mensch (community representative)
- Peter Gadsby (administrative representative)
If you have questions about your proposal, contact the IRB chair.