Institutional Review Board

According to College Policy 2.1 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

There are two paths to/of the approval process: exemption and full review.

There are two types of exemptions: internal and external.  

Internal

Any study being done on our students, faculty and staff with the sole purpose of improving delivery performance and will not be presented for publication and or presentation at professional gatherings outside the College.  

Examples
Professor X wants to improve his/her pedagogics/andragogics; surveys only the students within his/her specific class. 

Staff X wants to improve communications amongst his/her specific staff; surveys the staff he/she supervises.

External

Examples
Any study being done on our students, faculty and staff that (i) has been approved by another institution’s IRB (we will need a copy of the formal IRB approval letter); and (ii) that none of our faculty, staff and or students is the principal or co-principal research investigator (or part of the research team).

All Other Studies

All studies not falling under the exemption categories will receive full board review.

The KCKCC IRB makes recommendations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. It is the Vice President for Academic Affairs that makes the final decision. Once a decision is made, same is communicated to the KCKCC IRB Chair who relates same to the principal investigator. 

However, if the KCKCC-IRB denies a proposal, the Vice president for Academic Affairs cannot reverse same.

Additional Information

  • All proposals will come through the Chair of the IRB at kckccirb@kckcc.edu . The Chair of the IRB with three other members will then determine the approval status of the specific proposal (i.e., exemption or non-exemption, etc.). The majority will decide. If there is a tie, said proposal will automatically go to the full Board.
  • The full Board must approve all proposals other than exemptions.
  • 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. All completed proposals should be received fourteen calendar days before each meeting to be consider during that month’s meeting.
  • The IRB will have a listing of all studies going on Campus. This will be reflected on the College website.
  • No study will be done two weeks before midterm and final exams, unless that is specific to the very nature of the study.
  • The IRB and Institutional Effectiveness will maintain a Research Calendar. This calendar will be available on the IRB and Institutional Effectiveness websites. It may be a factor in approving or not approving a particular study.

KCKCC IRB Members

Shawn Derritt
Student Services / Student Affairs

Cynthia Goudeau
Academic Support and Assessment / Academic Affairs

Cleon Wiggins
Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Services / Academic Affairs

Victor Ammons
Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Services / Academic Affairs

Justin Binek
Arts, Communications and Humanities / Academic Affairs

Greg Ventello
Arts, Communications and Humanities / Academic Affairs

Michele Avery
Health Professions / Academic Affairs

Shirley Nichols
Health Professions / Academic Affairs

Elisabeth Kasckow
Math, Science, Business and Technology / Academic Affairs

Tanya Townsend
Math, Science, Business and Technology / Academic Affairs

Shawn McGivern
Career and Technical Education / Academic Affairs

Paul Hancock
Career and Technical Education / Academic Affairs

Patricia Sevier 
Wyandotte County

Mihir Chand (Ex-Officio)
Institutional Effectiveness

Stacy Tucker(Ex-Officio)
Director of Honors Education

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