The Baruch College Faculty Handbook
IRB and HRPP
This page last updated on 8/12/15
Keisha Peterson is Baruch College's HRPP Coordinator.
Questions should go to her at
646-312-2217 or Keisha.Peterson@baruch.cuny.edu.
IRB (Institutional Review Board)
the BaruchCollege HRPP
(Human Research Protection Program)
Professional ethics require protection of research participants and federal law mandates that researchers working with human subjects acquire approval of an institutional review board.
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The CUNY Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is responsible for the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects in research projects conducted at CUNY or by CUNY faculty members, staff, and students and by RF CUNY staff. The program provides oversight, administrative support, and educational training to ensure that CUNY research complies with federal and state regulations, university policies, and the highest ethical standards. The CUNY HRPP comprises five University Integrated Institutional Review Boards (UI IRBs) and 19 on-site HRPP offices.
A Human Research Protection Program involves not only the review of IRB protocols but also the quality of the overall research program university-wide. We accomplish this via campus-wide training and education efforts under the direction of the Director of Research Conduct.
The HRPP Coordinator is tasked with communicating CUNY and federal policies. Our main goal is the successful navigation of the UI IRB review process but also the education of the principal investigators (PI's) and the community at large regarding the use of human subjects in research.
An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a diverse body that may consist of faculty, staff, and students. An IRB must have at least one community representative and one nonscientist. Each IRB is charged with protecting the rights and welfare of human research subjects. The IRB reviews proposed research protocols to ensure that the proposed research follows federal guidelines and accepted ethical principles to meet that goal. Academic and cultural diversity of IRB members ensures that research proposals are given a thorough review by members with varying interests.
To receive federal funding for human subjects research, an institution must pledge, in a document called a Federalwide Assurance (FWA), to follow certain ethical principles and federal regulations in the review of human subjects research proposals. CUNY applies these ethical principles and federal regulations to all human subjects research conducted at CUNY or by CUNY employees (faculty and staff) and students, regardless of funding or funding source.
CUNY faculty, staff, and students, and community representatives to the IRB volunteer their time to ensure that CUNY research is conducted in concert with these ethical principles. Because the regulations were designed to be flexible, the IRB members must remain up-to-date on the interpretation of the regulations. They regularly attend training sessions and read literature related to research ethics.
Current Baruch UI IRB Members and Baruch HRPP Office Staff
- Vilna Bashi Treitler - Department of Black and Latino Studies
- Micheline Blum - School of Public Affairs
- Jaihyun Park - Department of Psychology
- Keisha Peterson - HRPP Coordinator
If a study is designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge, and if it involves obtaining information from or about living individuals, the project requires advance UI IRB approval. Such projects include funded and non-funded questionnaires, interviews, qualitative, secondary, and experimental research. Pilot projects need review. In other words, all research (i.e., studies designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge) with human subjects conducted by faculty, staff, and students needs IRB approval. In-class exercises done wholly for pedagogical purposes need not be submitted for prior UI IRB review, and institutional research that is not disseminated externally does not require approval. Please see the "When is CUNY HRPP or IRB Review Required?" guidance for details.
If you are unsure whether your project constitutes human subjects research, please go to https://ideate.cuny.edu/home/ and submit a Research Determination Form.
CITI, the computer based training taken by CUNY researchers, research assistants, and other key personnel, consists of several topical modules offered for distinct user groups. While the entire training requires three to four hours, modules can be completed separately.
For more information regarding CITI training, please click here.
After completing training and prior to undertaking a study, researchers should submit a CUNY IRB application to acquire approval for data collection from or about human subjects. Beginning February 15, 2015 all applications must be submitted via IDEATE.
The approval process consists of administrative and academic components. The HRPP Coordinator confirms the researcher’s UI IRB training status, determines if the study involves vulnerable populations, and assesses any implications of external funding or the involvement of other institutions. The HRPP Coordinator also reviews exempt protocols and research determinations.
One UI IRB member reviews each expedited application, examining the researcher’s brief description of the study’s objectives, design, and procedures by focusing on identification of subjects, voluntary participation, potential risks and benefits, deception, informed consent, and confidentiality. Within three weeks of receiving the application, the IRB member completes this review and requests revisions. Upon acquiring and approving the revised application, the UI IRB awards expedited approval, which generally endures for one year and which can be renewed through a simple process.
All full-board applications will be reviewed by one of four CUNY UI IRB committees. The CUNY UI IRB will generally meet once a week to discuss full board protocols. Please go to the CUNY Research Compliance Website for submission details and schedule information.
During the year researchers can seek approval of modifications to their study by submitting an amendment form via IDEATE.
All applications (Exempt, Expedited, or Full) should be submitted to the PI's primary affiliation or home campus. Primary affiliation or home campus is where a PI has his or her full-time appointment.
Graduate students should submit their applications to the HRPP Office where their faculty advisor has his or her full-time appointment.
Additional information: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/hrpp/index.htm .
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In spring 2005, three memos regarding the Baruch IRB were circulated to the members of the full-time faculty. Those memos are repoduced at: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/facultyhandbook/IRB_memos_Spr_05.htm
In March 2005 the College engaged Dr. Jeffrey M. Cohen as a consultant. Dr. Cohen reviewed IRB records and interviewed 18 members of the faculty and several administrators. His report is entitled "Evaluation of Baruch College's Human Research Protections Program."