Institutional Review Board

According to college policy, all research involving human subjects or animals at Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) must be approved by the KCKCC Institutional Review Board (KCKCC IRB).

Administrative Procedures

  1. All proposals will be sent to the Chair of the IRB.
  2. All proposals will be reviewed during the regular monthly meeting of the KCKCC-IRB (the second Thursday of every Month; the August meeting will always be the third Friday). The Board does not meet in December, June and July.
  3. All completed proposals should be received fourteen calendar days before each meeting to be considered during that month’s IRB meeting.
  4. A quorum of 51% of the voting members is required for each Board meeting.
  5. The Principal Investigator/Researcher will attend the Board meeting to present his/her proposal and address any question(s).
  6. The Principal Investigator/Researcher will be informed of the IRB’s decision within seven business days of the Board’s decision.
  7. There will be no study done one week before midterm exams and two weeks before final exams unless it is intrinsic to the very nature of the study.
  8. There will be no study done when institutional (campus wide) studies are going on (e.g., CCSSE).

Human Subjects

Accourding to the National Science Foundation (NSF):

The National Science Foundation supports research involving human subjects when the project has been certified by a responsible body to be in compliance with the federal government's "Common Rule" for the protection of human subjects.

The official NSF version of Code of Federal Regulations 45 CFR 690.101-124 is available at

The regulations give grantee institutions the responsibility for setting up "Institutional Review Boards" (IRBs) to review research protocols and designs and ensure the protection of the rights of human subjects.

Institutions determine whether the research is Exempt or qualifies for expedited or full-board review. Researchers or department chairs should not have the authority to make this designation themselves.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Human Subjects

Links to relevant sites:
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP, formerly the NIH Office for Protection from Research Risks, OPRR) is charged with overseeing human subjects issues in the biomedical sciences supported by the National Institutes of Health. Since it is the largest federal government office dealing with human subjects issues, it takes a de facto lead in the area.

These notes represent the personal opinion of the Human Subjects Research Officer, Jeffrey Mantz (email:, and do not supersede the official documents referred to. Researchers with specific questions should contact their NSF program officer first, as the program officer is the lead actor in recommending actions about specific research projects.


J. Victor Ammons
Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Services

Michele Avery
Division of Health Professions

Justin Binek
Division of Arts, Communications and Humanities

Ladrian Brown
Division of Math, Science, Business and Technology

Mihir Chand
Institutional Effectiveness

Tina Church Lewandowski
Student Affairs

Shawn Derritt
Division of Student Services

Cynthia Goudeau
Division of Academic Support and Assessment

Paul Hancock
Division of Career and Technical Education

Shawn McGivern
Division of Career and Technical Education

Shirley Nichols
Division of Health Professions

Tanya Townsend
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Stacy Tucker
Phi Theta Kappa /Honors Programs / Undergraduate Research

Patricia Sevier 
Wyandotte County, Kansas

Greg Ventello
Division of Arts, Communications and Humanities

Cleon Wiggins
Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Services




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