The IRB Meetings for Spring 2019 are as follows:
- Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m., Hathaway Room, School of Social Work
- Friday, May 10, at 10 a.m., Hathaway Room, School of Social Work
The Bryn Mawr College Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (the IRB) is the body charged with reviewing, prior to its commencement, all research, whether funded or not, involving human participants conducted by Bryn Mawr faculty, students, or staff, as well as research by outside investigators using Bryn Mawr students, personnel, or facilities. "Research" is defined as "systematic investigation, including research development, testing, and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalized knowledge" (45 CFR 46.102d). Research subject to review thus includes, but is not limited to, pilot studies; class projects aimed for publication; Master’s theses; Ph.D. dissertations; co-supervised work; independent research; and senior theses, whether such research takes place on or off the Bryn Mawr campus, including work done outside of the United States.
Bryn Mawr College is committed to safeguarding the welfare, rights, and privacy of all persons who are participants in research projects conducted under its auspices, and to ensuring that the participants of such research are aware of their rights and the protections available to them.
The College is required to assure the federal government that such safeguards are being provided and enforced. These safeguards derive from the following ethical principles, which were first articulated in the Belmont Report issued by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research in 1979:
Respect for persons: recognition of the personal dignity and autonomy of individuals and special protection of those persons with diminished autonomy or particular vulnerabilities, including prisoners, children, those who are mentally or cognitively disabled, or pregnant women. Human participants should enter into research voluntarily and with adequate information.
Beneficence: the obligation to protect persons from harm by maximizing anticipated benefits and minimizing possible risks. Possible risks to human participants should be weighed against possible benefits to the participants, as well as against the possible improvement of knowledge.
Justice: fairness in the distribution of research benefits and burdens. In selecting human participants for research, investigators should ensure that no group of participants is either consistently selected to participate in research, or consistently deprived of the opportunity to do so.
Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects
- Gary McDonogh, Chair, Cities
- Casey Barrier, Anthropology
- David Byers, Social Work
- David Consiglio, Head of Research Support and Educational Technology
- Robert Dostal, Philosophy
- Sofia Fenner, Political Science
- Martin Gaspar, Comparative Literature, Latin American Studies, Spanish
- Laurel Peterson, Psychology
- Judy Porter, Sociology (Emerita)
- Glenn Wilson, Outside Representative
- Billie Jo Ember, Grants Associate, Ex Officio
- Sam Magdovitz, College Counsel, Ex Officio
- Nona Smith, Director of Sponsored Research, Ex Officio