Procedures

Due to Landmark College’s unique mission and population, our research proposal processes have been developed to maintain a balance between the open promotion of scholarly activities, the preservation of a high-quality educational experience for our students, and the assurance that our personnel remain dedicated to the College’s unique mission.

It is the responsibility of the IRB to ensure that all projects are lead by qualified researchers and that all human subjects involved with research are protected from harm. For more questions regarding procedures followed by the College's IRB please see the Institutional Review Board Standard Operating Procedures Manual, October 2012 [PDF].

Internal research requests must be routed through the College's IRB.

External research requests from outside organizations must be routed through the College's IRB. All external projects must be co-sponsored or facilitated by a Landmark College employee. These requests are regularly reviewed by the IRB, who determine the level of benefit and impact on our students, faculty, and staff. While we encourage research at our institution, our small enrollment limits the number of research opportunities available. We must be particularly selective, approving only those proposals that show a strong and direct benefit to students from the knowledge gained.

* Note: Research requests take time to review, especially in cases when the full Institutional Review Board (IRB) must be convened. The entire process can take over 1 month, so please plan accordingly

Internal Research Proposal Process (led by Landmark College Personnel)

Step 1: Initial Approval

  •     Develop research idea
  •     Establish organizational support
  •     Complete the Research Proposal Submission Form for New Projects
  •     Go to Step 2

Goal: Develop concept and secure organizational approval. Research should initially be proposed using the IRB Proposal Form.

Rationale: Access to limited resources. This step is required to ensure fit with the mission and priorities of your organization. Each proposal will be reviewed to ensure equitable access to limited resources (e.g. students, instructors, facilities) for well-crafted research studies. The Institutional Review Board Chair and are available for guidance and feedback on your proposal.

Step 2: College approval/IRB

  •     Submit to IRB for review
  •     Implement study and file Adverse Event, Project Modification Applications, and Project Status and Closure forms as necessary.

Goal: Secure College-level approval and ethical assurance from the IRB. After receiving organizational approval, an IRB review is required for all studies to ensure that human subjects (vulnerable populations) are adequately protected.

External research proposal process (led by an external researcher in collaboration with Landmark personnel)

Step 1. Initial Approval

  •         Secure co-sponsor or facilitator from the Landmark Collge  
  •         Complete the Research Proposal Submission form for New Projects
  •         Go to Step 2

Goal: Propose research idea. A proposal is required for externally sponsored research at Landmark College. At a minimum, the proposal consists of the IRB Proposal Form, but additional materials may be required (including proof of IRB Approval from other institutions involved in the research project). Resources and personnel necessary will be secured to ensure that the research project can be effectively implemented.

Step 2. College Approval/IRB

  •         Submit to IRB for ethics review
  •         Establish needs and resources
  •         Implement study and file Adverse Event, Project Modification Applications, and Project Status and Closure forms as necessary.

Goal: Secure College-level approval and ethical assurance from the IRB. After receiving approval, an IRB review is required for all studies to ensure that human subjects (vulnerable populations) are adequately protected.