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Conducting Research at Bevill State Community College

All research involving human subjects at Bevill State Community College must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Committee (IRC) for the protection of Bevill State’s students, faculty, administration, and staff.  Review and approval are also required for research carried out by an institution other than Bevill State Community College, but which is performed on the premises of Bevill State Community College, even if the research has already been approved by the Institutional Review Board of a sponsoring institution. 

The College’s IRC, whose goal is the safeguarding of the rights and welfare of individual research participants, is to provide an independent determination concerning whether research participants are placed at minimal risk or greater than minimal risk; and, if greater than minimal risk is involved, to assure that:

  1. the risks to the subject are substantively outweighed by the sum of the benefits to the subject and the importance of the knowledge to be gained so as to warrant a decision to allow a subject, who has been properly informed of the potential risk, to accept such risk.

  2. legally effective informed consent will be obtained by adequate and appropriate means;

  3. the conduct of the activity will be reviewed at timely intervals.

Research covered that has been approved by the IRC may be subject to further review by additional members of the senior administration of the College. However, those additional reviewers may not approve the research if it has not been approved by the IRC or if written assurances have not been provided that it will be submitted for further review at the next scheduled IRC meeting.

IRC Approval - Approval means that the IRC has reviewed the research and that the research may be conducted at Bevill State Community College within the policies and procedures outlined in this document and within the constraints of other institutional and federal requirements. IRC approval does not necessarily imply commendation for the research itself.

Procedures for Conducting Research at BSCC:

  1. Individuals (including students or persons from outside the College and faculty and staff) wishing to conduct research at Bevill State Community College are required to complete the “BSCC Research Request” form and submit the form for review and approval to the Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Research prior to beginning research.

  2. The Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Research will convene the Institutional Research Committee to review the proposed research request.  


If approved, the Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Research will communicate in writing and coordinate with the requestor to conduct the research.