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Research Using Human Subjects

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (LCOOCC) is committed to the ethical principles for the protection of human subjects in research as set forth in the Belmont Report of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research (1979). Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, most recently revised in 2009, is codified in the Department of Health and Human Services regulations in 45 CFR part 46. These regulations have been adopted by virtually all federal agencies that sponsor research involving human subjects and are generally referred to as the “Common Rule.”

Institutional Review Boards

To ensure that human subjects are adequately protected during research undertaken by any authority such as a college, an Institutional Review Board, or IRB, is established pursuant to federal regulations. An IRB is responsible for reviewing research design and its implementation. As Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College currently undertakes research involving human subjects only rarely, it chooses to defer to the oversight of an established IRB at an institution with which it has a signed IRB Authorization Agreement.  

Monitoring of Research

At LCOOCC, the office of the academic dean is responsible for the oversight of staff, including faculty, who conduct research which must comply with the Common Rule. The Office is designated as the LCOOCC’s Human Protections Administrator. This administrator can be reached at the College via phone (715-634-4790) or via email: gberg@lco.edu