The Human Subjects Research Committee (Institutional Review Board for federal purposes), is a specially constituted review body established or designated to protect the welfare of human subjects recruited to participate in biomedical or behavioral research.
The committee consists of representatives from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, the Law School, and invested community members. (See Administrative Policies, Lewis & Clark College Faculty Handbook - page 80).
The Lewis & Clark Human Subjects Research Committee (HSRC) is federally mandated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to review all research proposals to ensure compliance with human subjects protocol and adherence to professional ethical standards.
Any member of the Lewis & Clark community (faculty & students) planning to conduct research using human participants must have that research reviewed and approved by the Human Subjects Research Committee. This requirement holds for all research involving human subjects, whether this research is funded or not. Student projects such as independent study and senior thesis projects involving human participants must also be reviewed by the committee.
Human Subjects Research Committee meetings are typically held on the last Thursday of the month, excluding July and December. Special Committee reviews are made to accommodate significant or extenuating circumstances during these months. Please review the HSRC procedures and meeting schedule for more information.