1. A single MS Word document containing the items below (see the Forms tab at left for the proposal form, sample consent form, and sample debriefing protocol):
2. The IRB submission summary MS Excel spreadsheet (available under the Forms tab)
Completed applications should be submitted at least 10 business days before you plan to begin data collection; in most circumstances, decisions regarding applications with complete information are made within one week. Start early and plan ahead!
If you need assistance combining all of your components into one Word doc, contact the Help Desk (315-859-4181).
If you have any questions about the IRB or the application process, write to the IRB at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you routinely teach a course or courses in which you require students to gather data from human participants, you may draft a blanket application describing the general nature of the projects students are likely to conduct as well as the procedures for ensuring confidentiality, informed consent, and so forth. As long as the faculty member ensures that the projects conducted will satisfy the conditions stated, individual student projects will not require separate review. If you are interested in pursuing this option, you may complete the Instructor Application for Student Research Projects in Regular Courses (available under the Forms tab). Feel free to contact the IRB chair at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Members of the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board:
A campus ethics committee exists for the purpose of supervising research involving human subjects. This committee must approve any proposal before the research can be conducted. The statements published by the American Psychological Association serve as guidelines concerning ethical principles in psychological research. All students in the Department of Psychology should be familiar with these guidelines.
The following references provide clarifications of these and other ethical principles concerning psychological work:
These references are in the chairperson's office. Students intending to undertake supervised research involving humans are required to submit a proposal to the Human Subjects Committee. The form can be downloaded by selecting that option at the top of this page.
A campus committee exists to review the care and use of animals at Hamilton College, and the College vivarium is routinely inspected by the Department of Health of the State of New York. The guidelines developed by the American Psychological Association are strictly observed in any research and teaching involving animals sponsored by the Department of Psychology. Students intending to undertake supervised research involving animals are required to submit a proposal to the Animal Care Committee for review by the end of the first week of the term in which the work is to be conducted.
As in other academic work, honesty in research is governed by the Hamilton College Honor Code, regardless of whether the work is conducted for a course, as part of an independent study or senior project, or as a departmental research assistant. Fraud in such work includes the misrepresentation of work conducted, the fabrication of data, or plagiarism.