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As an institution of higher education, Suffolk County Community understands the value of research performed for a variety of purposes. Suffolk County Community College also 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 their rights and the protections available to them. In compliance with federal regulations, Suffolk maintains an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to review all research requests to make sure they conform to human subject protection standards. These safeguards derive from the ethical principles, which were first articulated in the Belmont Report issued by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research in 1979.

On this page, you will find the College’s policies, procedures, forms, and review guidelines for research involving human subjects as well as the process for obtaining approval from Suffolk's IRB. Any person conducting a research project using human subjects will need to obtain approval of the IRB prior to collecting data. The purpose of this policy is to provide a single, comprehensive standard of protection for human subjects of research conducted by students, staff, faculty, or visiting researchers at Suffolk County Community College. The intent is to assure that researchers do not unduly put at risk or harm the subjects of research, and that the subjects of such research are aware of their rights as defined in Title 45, part 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations. IRB approval must precede commencement of any work involving human subjects.

Suffolk County Community College receives many requests for permission to perform research studies. Our IRB policy has been developed to encourage research while maintaining protections for those who take part in any research activities. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me or the College IRB Chair, Dr. Helen C. Wittmann.


Kaliah D. Greene, M.B.A., M.S.
Interim Vice President for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness


IRB Authorization Form
Informed Consent Guidelines
College IRB Policy
Belmont Report
Health and Human Services Decision Charts
Before Submitting Your Request 
SUNY Statement on Foreign Disclosure and Export Controls