Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board provides oversight to research involving human participants  and ensures that guidelines are followed that  protect the rights and safety of these participants.

The Alma College Institutional Review Board (IRB) must review and approve any formal research study involving human subjects before the study begins. It is the responsibility of the IRB to protect the rights and safety of research subjects. The board reviews all proposed studies in order to ensure that research is conducted at Alma College, or by College personnel, in a manner consistent with the principles of the Belmont Report and all applicable laws.

If you have questions regarding the IRB, please contact the Provost Office at 463-7176 or the chair of the IRB, Dr. Marc Setterlund,, x7207 .

IRB Policies and Procedures
IRB Application
Examples of Informed Consent Documents


Federal Protection of Human Subjects

United States federal law CFR Title 45: Public Welfare, Part 46: Protection of Human Subjects, or the “Common Rule,” was originally passed by congress in 1974.  This law sets forth the basic ethical principles that should underlie the conduct of biomedical and behavioral research involving human subjects and provides guidelines which should be followed to assure that such research is conducted in accordance with those principles.

The Belmont Report

The Belmont Report is a condensed summary of the basic ethical principles identified by the Commission in the course of its deliberations. It is the product of lengthy discussions held in February 1976 at the Smithsonian Institution’s Belmont Conference Center. The findings are supplemented by subsequent discussions within the Commission over a period of nearly four years. It is a statement of basic ethical principles and guidelines that should guide resolution of ethical problems that surround the conduct of research with human subjects. The report was published in 1979.