Institutional Review Board

Forms and other information for external researchers who wish to recruit SMC students and employees as human subjects for research

IRB Application Form

To be able to view all questions on the form at once, access the PDF version of the IRB Application Form: PDF Version of IRB Application Form

IRB Deadlines and Meetings

The Santa Monica Community College District (SMCCD) Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research studies collecting data from SMCCD students and/or employees.

Guided by the principles of "The Belmont Report" (or "Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research"), the SMCCD IRB reviews all proposed research involving human subjects in accordance with federal regulations, state laws, and local and District policies and ensures:

  • That the rights and welfare of human subjects are protected;
  • That risks of participating in the research have been considered and minimized;
  • That the potential for benefits of participating in the research has been identified and maximized; and,
  • All human subjects are volunteers who choose to participate in research only after being provided with legally effective informed consents.

The IRB does not evaluate the soundness or quality of the proposed research nor does IRB approval of a study indicate SMCCD's endorsement or sponsorship of the study.

SMCCD's IRB is registered with the U.S. Office of Human Subjects Research (IRB# 00012168) and has received federalwide assurance (FWA# 00028689).

Types of IRB Review

All SMC human subjects research must undergo IRB approval and review prior to the start of research activities. There are three types of reviews (more information here: Three Types of IRB Review

Expedited: Expedited reviews are conducted by at least two reviewers. To qualify for review at the exempt level, the proposal must have received prior IRB approval or exempt status at another organization or institution. Takes approximately 2 - 4 weeks from submission date

Exempt: Exempt reviews are conducted by at least one reviewer. Only research analyzing data that has already been collected (for example, student enrollment records) qualify for exempt review. Takes approximately 2 - 4 weeks from submission date

Full Review: Research that does not fit into either the expedited or exempt categories are required to be reviewed by the full IRB. Currently, the full IRB only two to three times a semester and does not meet during the intersessions. Please plan your research accordingly.

Members of the SMMCD IRB

The IRB is composed of five members from diverse backgrounds to ensure comprehensive and adequate review of research activities. Currently, the SMCCD IRB is comprised of three faculty members from varying disciplines, one college administrator, and one external community member, and one staff member who serves as an alternate. All members of the IRB have received extensive training on the policies and procedures involving ethical human subjects research.

  • Dr. Luis Andrade, Co-chair (Communications/Media, Social Scientist)
  • Anne Marre Bautista, Alternate Member (Institutional Research)
  • Dr. Scott Bishop, Member (Computer Science, Scientist)
  • Dr. Hannah Lawler, Co-chair (Institutional Research/Academic Administrator)
  • Carolyn Pineda, Member (External Member/El Camino College Institutional Research)
  • Olivia Vallejo, Member (Counseling, Non-Scientist)