The Davidson College Institutional Review Board (IRB) safeguards the welfare and rights of human subjects in human subject research conducted by faculty, staff and students. The IRB has authority to review and approve, require appropriate modifications to, or disapprove human subject research in accordance with 45 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46 and Davidson College policy. The College subscribes to the ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence and justice outlined in the Belmont Report and therefore elects to apply federal regulations to all of its human subjects research regardless of source of support. Davidson maintains a Federal-wide Assurance (FWA) for the protection of human subjects with the Office for Human Research Protection.
Federal regulations define "research" as "a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge." "Human subject" is defined as "a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting the research obtains 1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or 2) identifiable private information."
Every research project review shall begin with the submission by the investigator of a completed Protocol Application Form (Application for Request for Exemption or Standard Application for Non-Exempt Research) and all required attachments.