Any institution engaged in research must establish an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to review and approve research involving human subjects performed at its facility.  Before any human subject research can be conducted, the institution must provide the Department of Health and Human Services or other agency a written Assurance that it will comply with the requirements of the Federal Policy.  San Juan College has received a Federal Wide Assurance and has an active IRB registered with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Any institution engaged in research involving human subjects that is supported by a department or agency to which the Federal Policy applies must establish an IRB to review and approve the research.  An IRB is responsible to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of the college.  The actions of the IRB may also protect the college and the principal investigator.  All IRB members receive Human Subject Assurance Training.  The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications in, or disapprove research activities that fall within both federal and local regulations and policy. Proposals must be submitted a minimum of three weeks before the project start date.

San Juan College has put together Guidelines for Research Activities Protecting Human Subjects in Research to help you determine what types of activities are considered research and thus subject to review by the IRB.  Procedures and guidelines may be downloaded from these links for research requiring IRB review.

Application Information and Instructions

Application for the Use of Human Subjects

Consent Form Instructions and Samples

Survey Review Form

Hard copies are available in the Office of Institutional Research, 566-3035.  All files will be maintained in the Office of Institutional Research.

For a project to be considered at an IRB meeting, all paperwork must be submitted to:
Dr. Andrea Cooper 505-566-3373 Chair

All those applying for IRB approval must successfully complete the San Juan College IRB tutorial and submit with your filled-out application a certificate of completion, which is provided at the end of the tutorial.  Please click on the link below to go through the tutorial.

IRB Required Tutorial