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

General Guidelines

  • All proposals should be sent to the Chair of the IRB.
  • Proposals must be received twenty-one calendar days prior to the second Thursday of the month, excluding June, July and December, for review during the regular IRB meeting.
  • A quorum of 51% is required for approval of research proposals.
  • The Principal Investigator/Researcher may be asked to attend the KCKCC-IRB meeting to address questions.
  • The Principal Investigator/Researcher will be informed of the IRB’s decision within seven business days of the Board’s decision.
  • No Principal Investigator/Researcher will have access to KCKCC email addresses.
  • If a proposal is sent back for further information, it may go to the back of the line after it is returned to the IRB.
  • The Principal Investigators/Researchers will be required to view a FERPA/Human Subjects podcast. If a similar exercise was done at another institution, the KCKCC-IRB will take it under consideration provided documentation is provided and it was done with the last 12 months of the proposal’s submission.

KCKCC Students, Staff and Faculty Guidelines

  • KCKCC students, staff, and faculty will adhere to all of the General Guidelines listed above.
  • KCKCC students, staff and faculty must sign a statement stating that they will not solicit members of our KCKCC community to do research outside of the guidelines of the KCKCC–IRB.

Conditions for Rejection

  • Timeline: The college is conducting a global study around the same time.
  • Timeline: A similar study is going on or was just completed within the last twenty-eight calendar days, or a study has been approved prior to this to be conducted within the next twenty-eight calendar days. This applies only if it is the same cohort of students.
  • It is fourteen calendar days before midterm exams or fourteen calendar days before final exams.
  • It is the consensus of the KCKCC-IRB that the research being proposed is not a productive use of time for KCKCC students, staff, and faculty. (This could be the case even though the research was approved by another institution.)

Human Subjects

The KCKCC Institutional Review Board follows Federal Regulation Title 41, Subtitle A, Subchapter A - Part 46: Protection of Human Subjects.

According 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.


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