The IRB at Bard
Institutional 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