Departmental Review Boards
Marywood University currently has three Departmental Review Boards (DRBs) which are allowed to review requests for exemption. They are as follows:
- School of Social Work
- Psychology and Counseling
- Nursing and Public Administration
The Exempt Review Committee provides oversight for these DRBs. All exemption applications are submitted to and processed by the Exempt Review Committee via IRBNet at www.irbnet.org.
Procedure for Establishing a DRB
Anyone wishing to establish a DRB must first apply to the Assistant Vice-President for Research. This person should submit:
- A description of the types of research involving human participants which would normally be undertaken in a School or department, and for which there is sufficient experience to be able to review as minimal risk.
- A statement of the ethical standards with which such activities must comply.
- A description of the reviewing process at the school or departmental level and the mechanisms for forwarding to the IRB those applications which involve more than minimal risk to the human participants. This description must include an identification of the School or departmental members involved in the reviewing committee, and a description of the forms and/or other materials used by the investigators.
- Assurance that participation of human participants is voluntary.
- Assurance that the anonymity of participants will be protected and that appropriate procedures for maintaining confidentiality of participants' responses have been made.
- Assurance that records will be maintained, allowing the IRB to perform periodic review of the school or department's experiences in the reviewing process.
- Assurance that the board will consist of an appropriate number of persons as deemed by the IRB.
All DRBs must utilize the IRBNet system for receipt and management of applications. Training for all DRB members would be required.