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Broward College Institutional Review Board (IRB)

This site contains information for guiding researchers through the Broward College Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval process.
What is the IRB Committee:
The  IRB committee performs ethical review of proposed research and is charged with protecting the rights and welfare of people involved in research.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) set the guidelines and regulations governing human subject research and IRBs.
The Broward College IRB was established to assure that any research conducted at the College involving the collection or analysis of data collected from or about human subjects conforms to the following ethical standards based on the ethical principles of the Belmont Report, as required by the HHS:
  • Respect for Persons: Recognizing the autonomy, and dignity of all human subjects and the awareness of additional needs and lack of autonomy of vulnerable subjects, including economically or educationally disadvantaged persons, children, prisoners, pregnant women, and those persons who are cognitively or mentally impaired.
  • Beneficence: Protecting persons from harm by maximizing anticipated study benefits and minimizing possible risks associated with the research.
  • Justice: Fairness in the dissemination of research benefits and burdens.
The IRB consists of Broward College faculty, administrators, and staff, as well as external community members with areas of expertise in various disciplines​​​​​​, including scientific and non-scientific fields. Members are well-versed in research methods, ethical standards, and federal regulation regarding the treatment of human subjects in research.
Institutional Review Board Members​ ​
Dr. Todd Bernhardt​ ​Interim IRB Chair 
Dr. Mia Ocean​ ​External Committee Member
Dr. David Serrano​ ​Internal Committee Member
Dr. Joyce Walsh-Portillo
​Internal Committee Member
Ms. Donica Young

Internal Committee Member

There are three types of IRB review: Exempt, Expedited, and Full Board review, as stipulated by the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45, Part 46 Protection of Human Subjects (45 CFR 46).  For more information see IRB Process and Forms. 
The IRB convenes once a month during the academic year to review proposals requiring Full Board review and/or Expedited review.*  IRB proposals and supporting materials for these designated meetings dates must be submitted at least two weeks prior to meeting dates.
  • *Expedited review consists of a review by the IRB Chairperson or by one or more experienced reviewers designated by the Chairperson from the members of the IRB in accordance with the requirements set forth in 45 CFR 46.110.

Please note that Full Board review can only occur at convened meetings of the IRB. Therefore, Full Board review is not available during the Summer Term (June, July, and August). Exempt and Expedited reviews are available during the Summer Term.  

Meeting Date Submission Deadline
September 10, 2018 ​August 27, 2018
October 1, 2018 ​September 17, 2018
November 5, 2018 ​October 22, 2018
December 3, 2018 ​November 19, 2018
January 14, 2019 ​December 10, 2018
February 4, 2019 ​January 21, 2019
March 4, 2019 ​February 18, 2019
April 1, 2019 ​March 18, 2019
May 6, 2019 ​April 22, 2019
Letters of support from Broward College for investigators who wish to obtain data from Broward College and are employed by Broward College (e.g., faculty, staff) while attending an external post-secondary institution, may be provided at the discretion of the IRB.  Requests should be submitted electronically through using the Letter of Support Template below. 
Please download the Letter of Support Template for guidance. LETTER OF SUPPORT TEMPLATE
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