Livingstone College is committed to safeguarding the welfare, rights, and privacy of all persons who participate as subjects in research projects conducted under its auspices, and to ensuring that the subjects of such research are aware of the rights and the protections available to them. Moreover, the College is required to assure the federal government that such safeguards are being provided and enforced for all federally funded grants.
Livingstone College’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) is the body charged with reviewing and approving all proposed research involving human subjects, whether funded or not, conducted under the auspices of Livingstone College by its faculty, students or staff, or by outside investigators using Livingstone College students, personnel, facilities, or data collected at the College. The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications in, or disapprove all research activities that fall within its jurisdiction as specified by both the federal regulations and local institutional policy.
Research subject to review includes, but is not limited to: pilot studies; class projects aimed for publication; master’s theses; Ph.D. dissertations; co-supervised work; independent research; and senior theses, whether such research takes place on or off the Livingstone College campus, including work done outside of the United States.