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The Institutional Review Board (IRB) was created to ensure that research involving human participants complies with ethical standards set by the federal Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), which operates within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  Proposals for behavioral, biomedical or other human participants research to be conducted at or supported by Spring Hill College are subject to review by the Board and such research may not be conducted without Board approval.
In the event that this policies and procedures document does not cover a specific aspect of the review process, the Board will follow the guidelines found in OHRP Reports: The Belmont Report (1979) or OHRP Reports: Protection of Human Participants, Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46 (rev. 2001) or any later revisions to these publications.
If you are uncertain as to whether you need to complete an IRB application, please review the information in the IRB Policies and Procedures document or contact the IRB Chair using the contact information below.  

Rationale for a College Policy

The IRB exists for several reasons. First, a college-wide policy reflects Spring Hill College's commitment to basic ethical principles and provides a consistent application of those principles across disciplines involved in behavioral or biomedical research. Second, this policy provides an environment in which students directly learn and apply ethical principles. Third, federal funding agencies require that all grant applications be reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board that ensures ethical compliance.

Recruiting Participants

If you are conducting IRB approved research on campus and need participants, you may post your research on the Research Board in Quinlan Hall next to QH320. Please include the following information:

Name of Project
Dates  of Project
Principal Investigator
Faculty Sponsor (if student is PI)
IRB Number 
Type of Project (e.g., online or in-person questionnaire, experiment)
Expected duration (e.g., 15 minutes)
Location and Time
Please include all of the above information on a sheet of paper, with lines for students to sign up (name and email or phone). 
Please include information regarding how they will get course credit or extra-credit. For example, students might print out the final page of an online questionnaire or show their professor the debriefing statement. 
Please see IRB pages or contact Dr. Chelsea Greer at for more information.

2017-18 Institutional Research Board membership

IRB Chair :

Dr. Chelsea Greer
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Social Sciences
Quinlan Hall 320

IRB team:

Dr. Stuart Babington, SHC

Dr. Demetrius Semien, SHC

Dr. Daniel Massey, SHC

Mrs. Dorothy Dorton, AARP of Mobile


For more information

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are federally-mandated, locally-administered groups charged with evaluating risks and benefits of human participant research at their institution 

American Psychological Association

American Sociological Association

United States Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

Resources for Research Ethics Education

Food and Drug Administration