Institutional Review Board

Institutional Review Board

BCC Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Butler Community College ensures the ethical treatment of research participants involved in studies conducted in the name of BCC and performed by students, faculty or staff.  The BCC IRB reviews applications and grants permission to research which satisfies ethical standards.  Specifically, research with human participants must include informed consent, a realistic option to quit, debriefing, and must contribute to a field of study.

Research involving human or animal participants must seek and gain BCC IRB approval before the start of data collection, unless the research meets the following exceptions listed on the Exceptions List.

If the research you are proposing does not meet the above exemptions, please create an Informed Consent Form using this form as a template, then complete the application form here. If granted, approval stands for up to one year, but must be reissued if significant changes are made to the research design, implementation, or implications, or if the research continues on past one year.

BCC IRB - Review Process and Forms

The BCC IRB reviews must review all proposed research and campus activities involving human subjects, regardless of funding (except those exemptions mentioned above).

The BCC IRB adheres to  federal guidelines set by the Office for Human Research Protections, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Specific criteria must be met by any research seeking approval.

Proposals requiring review will be processed within 3 weeks of the date submitted.

For more information about consent forms see this resource from The Office for Human Research Protections.

You'll be notified via email after your application has been reviewed. The notification you receive will state whether the BCC IRB approved or denied your proposal and what steps you need to take.

If you have any questions or concerns contact BCC IRB chair Nathan Swink via email  (  Dr. Swink can also be called at 316-218-6252 or can be found in office 5125N in the 5000 building at the Andover during the regular school year.

I noticed that for full proposals other IRB’s give themselves 1 month to review/approve.  We had decided 2 weeks during the meeting, I put 3 here just remind us to have the conversation.


Contact Internal Review Board

Dr. Nathan Swink
Co-Board Chair

Dr. Esam Mohammad
Co-Board Chair

Institutional Review Board