Research Policies at Washington College
Students and faculty undertaking research involving human and animal subjects follow standards that assure confidentiality and ethical treatment.
Research on our campus involving human and non-human participants is overseen by one of two review boards.
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a federally mandated panel that is charged with overseeing the protection of human participants in research.
The IRB’s Mission
The goal of the IRB is to protect human research participants by ensuring that
- participants’ rights and welfare are adequately protected,
- research is guided by the ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice as set forth in the Belmont Report
- research is conducted with the highest level of expertise and integrity, and
- research complies with all applicable laws, policies and regulations.
Professor George Spilich