SCC's Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects Research is charged with protecting human research subjects.  Research is defined as "systematic investigation, including research development, testing, and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge," citing 45 CFR 46.102(d).
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All activities involving original data collection (i.e., surveys, focus group interviews, etc.) must be reviewed by the IRB prior to any SCC employee making research-related contact with any prospective research subject.  Use of institutional data for research purposes must be similarly reviewed by the IRB.

This practice also applies to all research activities by persons not affiliated with SCC who wish to conduct research using SCC students, faculty, or staff as research subjects. Research that has already been approved by an IRB from a non-SCC organization will normally be approved by SCC.

Members of SCC's IRB

Becky Rump, M.S., Institutional Advancement, Administrator
Janet Shepherd, Ed.D., Institutional Research, IRB Chair
Joe DeJesus, M.B.A., Retired Chicago P.D., Unaffiliated
Lori Henderson, Ph.D., Psychology
Carole Richardson, Ph.D., Academic Affairs
Don Weiss, Ph.D., CBIZ
Joan Williams, M.A., Student Services
Carl Snipes, Ph.D., Chemistry

Alternate Members of SCC's IRB

Teresa Garcia, Ph.D., Academic Affairs
Forest Morrisett, Ph.D., Biology
Jared Reed, (ABD), PACE Director
Chris Sedlack, Ph.D., Arts & Science
Susan Dunek, (ABD), Career, Technical Education
Paula Willoughby-DeJesus, M.D., ER Physician

Please review "Required Elements in the Project Description for IRB Review" and "Elements of Informed Consent" before completing the "SCC Application for IRB Review".

SCC's office of institutional research is available to assist in designing research projects and obtaining IRB approval. Contact Janet Shepherd at

Related Documents
SCC IRB Standard Operating Procedures
Required Elements in the Project Description for IRB Review
Elements of Informed Consent
SCC Application for IRB Review (Download PDF form to your computer)
IRB Policy on Research Conflict of Interest and Financial Disclosure Policy

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