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Cochise College is committed to ensuring the responsible and ethical treatment of human subjects involved in research, whether conducted by students or employees directly, or by researchers outside of the college. The policy applies to the college’s faculty, staff and students conducting research at the college and in the community, as well as non-affiliated researchers who conduct studies involving college employees and students.
To qualify under the umbrella of human subjects research, the project would involve a living individual about whom an investigator conducting research obtains 1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual or 2) identifiable private information.
In addition, research in the federal regulatory sense is “a systematic investigation that is designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.” If the outcome of the study will be published or presented at conferences, it would qualify as contributing to generalizable knowledge; however, projects done in fulfillment of course requirements or presented in a classroom environment are not considered to do so.
Projects must meet both the human subjects and the research criteria to require a human subjects review. Researchers who are unsure about whether or not a project qualifies as research or requires a review should contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Refer to the Manual for Human Subjects Review for more information on procedures and sample required forms.
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In addition, the related administrative policy, Conducting Research and Surveys at Cochise College, provides an overview and rationale for human subjects research.
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