Two Approval Processes for Researchers External to Alverno
The Alverno College IRB welcomes proposals from researchers who are not affiliated
with Alverno College (external researchers) to conduct research at Alverno College. All
external researchers must obtain both Alverno institutional approval and Alverno IRB
approval, which are two separate processes.
Alverno College Institutional Approval
- External researchers are required to obtain institutional approval from Alverno College
to conduct the research before the Alverno College IRB will formally conduct an IRB
review or determination of exemption. In order to obtain the institutional approval,
external researchers should contact the Chair of the IRB, Paul Smith. He will consult with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and possibly with others
to determine Alverno's position on the research request.
Alverno College IRB Approval
For research conducted on Alverno premises or on an identified population of Alverno
students, faculty, or staff, Alverno College is a local IRB and, accordingly, acts
as an IRB of record with final approval of the adequacy of the protection of human
subjects in the research, unless the Alverno College IRB Chair provides a written
letter that officially delegates this responsibility to another IRB. The Alverno IRB
has articulated policies that address circumstances when multiple IRB’s have shared
jurisdiction for research conducted primarily (but not only) beyond Alverno’s premises and communities. These policies may assist a researcher to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort.
- Although the Alverno College IRB will usually not conduct an official review of a
proposal from an external principal investigator prior to completion of Alverno institutional
approval, we encourage external researchers to contact the Alverno College IRB Chair before they obtain Alverno College institutional approval with any questions they
may have about the separate Alverno College IRB approval processes.
- After obtaining documentation of Alverno institutional approval, an external researcher
may then officially submit a request for an Alverno IRB review process.