The mission of the Notre Dame College Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to protect the welfare, rights and privacy of human research participants.
Notre Dame College is committed to protecting the welfare, rights and privacy of all human research participants involved in research conducted under our auspices. These safeguards are based upon the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 45, Part 46 and the ethical principles articulated in the Belmont Report issued by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research in 1979.
Ethical Principles of the Belmont Report:
Respect for Persons: Recognition of the personal dignity and autonomy of individuals and special protection of those persons with diminished autonomy or particular vulnerabilities, including prisoners, children, those who are mentally or cognitively disabled, pregnant women, or economically or educationally disadvantaged persons. Human subjects should enter into research voluntarily and with adequate information about the research project and the potential consequences of participation in the study.
Beneficence: The obligation to protect persons from harm by maximizing anticipated benefits and minimizing possible risks. Possible risks to human subjects should be weighed against possible benefits to the subjects, as well as against the possible improvement of knowledge.
Justice: Fairness in the distribution of research benefits and burdens. In selecting human subjects for research, investigators should ensure that no group of participants is either consistently selected to participate in research, or consistently deprived of the opportunity to do so.
The primary responsibility of the IRB is to review proposed and continuing research for the purpose of minimizing risks to participants, ensuring informed consent, protecting vulnerable populations, and protecting participant’s privacy.
The Notre Dame College IRB reviews human subject research conducted by Notre Dame College faculty, staff and students; research in which Notre Dame College faculty, staff or students are research participants; and research that is conducted by external researchers on Notre Dame College’s premises.
Institutional Review Board Chair
Deborah Sheren, D.B.A.
Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Dean of Academic Programs