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Institutional Review Board

The Jefferson College Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a panel authorized by the Jefferson College Board of Trustees to review potential research projects at Jefferson College involving human subjects. The statutory foundations for the IRB are 45 CFR 46 and 21 CFR 56. IRBs exist in order to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research, whether medical, psychological or academic. For those unfamiliar with IRBs, please consult the linked FAQ.

Any individuals interested in conducting research at Jefferson College which will involve human subjects must submit a Research Proposal Form.  This form is to be completed electronically and emailed to the Chair of the IRB, Dr. Michael Booker, at along with the indicated supporting documentation.  This documentation  will include certificates of completion of the National Institute of Health's module on Protecting Human Research Participants for all researchers.

For IRB consideration, all required documents must be submitted at least five business days prior to a scheduled meeting.  In accordance with 45 CFR 46.112, once approved by the IRB, final determination of research approval at Jefferson College rests with the Jefferson College Administrative Team.

Questions about the IRB process may be directed to Dr. Michael Booker at or 636-481-3312.