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Institutional Review Board

Any research, surveys, interviews, focus groups or other data-collecting activities that involve the participation of students or employees at the College must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). 

Most studies or research projects (for bachelor's master's, or doctoral degrees as well as grant proposals or requests for external funding) that include collecting data from students or employees require a formal IRB review.

A number of state and federal regulations exist to protect privacy and other rights of human subjects, and the College's IRB helps ensure that those requirements and considerations are observed.  Following the procedures here helps to protect human subjects, researchers, and Montgomery College.

Information and protocols for obtaining IRB approval are available here.  If you are unsure as to WHAT TO DO NEXT, please send a description of your proposed study or research project to and we will help guide you through the process. 

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