IRB - Institutional Review Board

​​​​​​​​​​​Research at DMACC

DMACC is not a research institution; however, Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval is required to ensure ethical protections of the rights and interests of human subjects in areas of research involving: 

  • Social Experimentation
  • Surveys​
  • Analysis of Secondary Data on Human Subjects
45 CFR 46.111 Protection of Human Subjects review ensures that risks to subjects are minimized in studies through documented procedures consistent with sound research design, do not unnecessarily expose subjects to risk, and any potential risks are reasonable in relation to anticipated benefits of the research. 


Professional Ethics Considerations In Research

  • Respect for People - People are to be treated with respect for their autonomy (privacy and self governance) - People with diminished autonomy are entitled to protection
  • Privacy
  • Confidentiality and Anonymity - of both subjects and institution
  • Managing the risk of deductive disclosure
  • Coercion-free recruiting
  • Informed consent​​
  • Potentially vulnerable​ individuals 

Not every human being is capable of self-determination. The capacity for self-determination matures during an individual's life, and some individuals lose this capacity wholly or in part because of illness, mental disability, or circumstances that severely restrict liberty. Respect for the immature and the incapacitated may require protecting them as they mature or while they are incapacitated.” 
                          The Belmont Report Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research
                           The National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research

For more information or to submit an IRB application contact:

Janet Emmerson, Ph.D
Director, Institutional Research

Telephone: 515-964-6476