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Research Policy Involving Human Subjects

Effective April 2, 2007-Definition of Research

Research designates an activity designed to test a hypothesis, permit conclusions to be drawn, and thereby to develop or contribute to generalized knowledge expressed, for example, in theories, principles, and statements of relationships. Research procedures include observing, surveying, testing, interviewing, collecting identifiable private information, and physical interaction with individuals or their environment. As it applies to this policy, research would usually involve the gathering of information for scholarly purposes involving presentations, publications, theses, and dissertations. These policies do not apply to assessment procedures conducted as a part of classes for the purpose of evaluating student performance or improving teaching effectiveness.

The following guidelines apply to all human subject research conducted by the students, faculty, or staff of KCKCC in conjunction with their enrollment, employment or activities sponsored by the institution and to all research conducted at KCKCC by individuals not affiliated with the institution. When in doubt about the application of these policies, individuals should contact the Dean of Institutional Services.

  1. The basic moral principles underlying all research are (a) respect for persons and their autonomy, and (b) fidelity and scientific integrity. Concerns about the welfare of human subjects of research take precedent over the value of the research to society or the researcher.
  2. Proposals for all human subject research projects conducted by students, faculty, or staff must be submitted to, and approved by, the Dean of Institutional Services who may, at his or her discretion, submit such research proposals to the College Research Committee for its advice and evaluation.
  3. In research involving the collection or study of existing data, documents, or records, information must be recorded whenever possible in such a manner that the subjects of the research cannot be identified, directly or through identifiers linked to the individual. Confidentiality of personal information must be assured.
  4. All human subject research conduct at KCKCC by individuals not affiliated with the institution must receive prior approval by the Dean of Institutional Services. Research conducted at KCKCC that is affiliated with another institution must have the endorsement of that institution. In many cases this requires approval by an Institutional Review Board (IRB).

College Research Committee
The College Research Committee will convene as needed on an ad hoc basis. It shall consist of the Director of the CRCD and two additional members appointed by the Dean of Institutional Services. The committee member shall be knowledgeable in the code of ethics for their profession and be a member in good standing of a professional organization that has a written policy regarding the ethical treatment of human participants in research.