Planning, Research and Evaluation


Institutional Review Board

The Community College of Baltimore County encourages and supports the scholarly endeavors of students, faculty, and staff of CCBC.

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) advocates for the rights and welfare of human research participants and promotes quality research by fostering an institutional culture embodying the highest ethical standards of research.

The IRB administers the institutional program to protect individuals who participate in research and assists faculty and staff in protecting the participants of research.

The Role of the IRB

The IRB at CCBC has the responsibility of overseeing procedures for carrying out CCBC’s commitment to protect human subjects in research. The role of the IRB is

  • to review proposed research projects that involve the use of human subjects;
  • ensure that the individuals involved in the project are treated ethically;
  • ensure that all subjects are provided with substantial information about the study and consent to be a subject in the study;
  • and that all private information will be handled with anonymity and confidentiality.

The IRB can review, approve, and require modifications in, or disapprove research activities conducted by or through CCBC using human subjects. The IRB does not assume the role of evaluating the merits of the research design nor the potential contribution of the research to scholarly literature. Rather, the IRB is charged with evaluating each project’s compliance with standards in regard to issues such as informed consent, confidentiality, and any risk to participants, values to CCBC, and compliance with CCBC procedures.

For IRB approval, please complete the IRB Approval Form and send it along with your host institution’s IRB approval to the PRE office. (The form can be sent via email to or regular mail to Planning, Research and Evaluation, ATTN: IRB, The Community College of Baltimore County, HILT 108, 800 South Rolling Road, Baltimore, MD 21228). Please note that the IRB process can take from 4-6 weeks. Please remember to include the IRB approval letter from your host institution with your completed IRB Approval Form.

IRB Training Resources

General Overview of IRBs at Community Colleges

For more information or questions on the IRB, please contact the PRE office.

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