Colleges and universities are turning to local communities more and more as resources for learning and research. For instance, Bryn Mawr's Praxis Program combines service in the community with classroom learning and reflection. This kind of program can also provide occasions for student and faculty research.
Many institutions form partnerships with communities and community agencies as part of a mission to support civic engagement and democracy. Bryn Mawr's Civic Engagement Office provides opportunities of this type.
This website is designed to help students and faculty think about ethical issues that can arise when they work with community members and agencies. It will help us think about how to maximize the benefits of community involvement in a responsible way.
This site has two levels of focus:
Bryn Mawr College requires that all human subjects research associated with the College be reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Faculty and students are responsible for working with the IRB to satisfy federal and institutional regulations. The section on the Principles of Responsible Research contains more information on how IRB review works. You should also consult the IRB Web site.
Faculty and students involved in research with human beings need to know that:
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