These safeguards are based on the ethical principles listed in the Belmont Report: Respect for Persons, Beneficence, and Justice.
The State of California and Los Angeles County have issued a "Safer at Home" order, asking everyone to remain at home except for essential activities as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
During this time, study procedures that involve in-person interactions that cannot be modified to appropriate remote interactions that do not compromise participant safety or the scientific integrity of the research are temporarily paused. Research procedures may resume when procedures no long compromise participant safety, as determined by regional and institutional “Safer at Home” orders. All studies must follow all regional and institutional “Safer at Home” orders and Principal Investigators have the responsibility to stay up-to-date with orders that may change on a daily basis.
Additionally, researchers must follow all “Safer at Home” orders issued by governments and institutions in the geographical regions and institutional settings in which the study takes place.
The purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Human Subjects Protection Committee (HSPC) is to review and oversee research to ensure adherence to ethical principles, federal and state regulations, and College policies. IRB review is required for federally-funded research. The College is registered through the Federalwide Assurance (FWA) of the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Whittier College’s FWA number is: FWA00008889.
IRB/HSPC is supported the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs which assists with application workflow, administrative review of new submissions, regulatory requirements, and educational programming for the Whittier research community.
The key responsibilities of faculty, staff, and student investigators in the ethical conduct of research with human subjects are to: