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). Learn more about 45 CFR 46.102.

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

Hope Clark, Ph.D., IRB Administrator
Joe DeJesus, M.B.A., Retired Chicago P.D., Unaffiliated
Lori Henderson, Ph.D., Psychology, IRB Chair
Forest Morrisett, Ph.D., Biology
Janet Shepherd, Ed.D., Academic Affairs
Glen Day, M.A., Math
Joan Williams, M.A., Student Services

Alternate Members of SCC's IRB

Deanna Kline, MSN Ed, Health
Jared Reed, Ph.D., Director of Financial Aid
Chris Sedlack, Ph.D., Arts & Science
Brenda Wamsley, BGS, Information Technology
Paula Willoughby-DeJesus, M.D., ER Physician, Unaffiliated

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 Hope Clark 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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