Human Subject Study proposals at Franklin & Marshall are reviewed by  the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and Vertebrate Animal Study proposals by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

Research Involving Human Subjects

Before you pursue research involving human subjects, please read the following documents and guidelines regarding Human Subject Studies. 

(NOTE: The links below require an F&M login ID)

 

To submit a new Human Subject Study application:

  1. If applicable, prepare a separate document to upload with the questions you will use in your survey or interview.  Be sure to include the URLs for any ads, surveys, etc. that will be used.
  2. If applicable, prepare your Informed Consent form to upload.  Be sure to include the required text in the Informed Consent form as described in the Elements of Informed Consent document.
  3. When you have prepared all your documents, access and complete the online Human Subject Study Application form with your F&M ID.
  4. The COG or IRB will review the proposal and an e-mail notification will be sent to the Principal Investigator/s and the Advisor (if applicable). 

 

 To renew or amend an existing Human Subject Study application:

  1. If applicable, prepare your Informed Consent form to upload.  Be sure to include the required text in the Informed Consent form as described in the Elements of Informed Consent document.
  2. When you have prepared all your documents, access and complete the online Human Subject Study Renewal/Amendment Application form with your F&M id.
  3. COG or IRB will review the proposal and an e-mail notification will be sent to the Principal Investigator/s and the Advisor (if applicable). 

Every approved protocol must be renewed every year just prior to the approval date, and the protocol must be resubmitted in full every three years.

Please contact the IRB Chair, Marcus Thomsen (marcus.thomsen@fandm.eduor the IRB Coordinator, Kathy Hertzler (kathy.hertzler@fandm.edu), if you have any questions or need assistance with the forms.

 

 

 

Research Involving Vertebrate Animals

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees the vertebrate animal research program and facilities at Franklin & Marshall College.   
 
All vertebrate animal research activities must be reviewed and approved by the IACUC before any research may be conducted and...
  • The IACUC application should be submitted at least 3 weeks in advance of the start date of your research project to allow sufficient time for the committee to review your proposed research, provide feedback,  review any modifications (if applicable), and approve the protocol.  

  • Students submitting an IACUC application must have their proposed research reviewed by their Project Advisor in advance of the IACUC application submission.

  • The IACUC shall conduct continuing review (renewal) of each previously approved, ongoing animal research activity annually until the triennial review due date at which time a de novo review is required

  • PHS Policy requires that a complete (de novo) IACUC review of protocols be conducted at least once every three years.  This triennial review is interpreted by OLAW as a requirement for de novo review, meaning that the criteria and procedures for review specified in PHS Policy IV.C.1.4. must be applied not less than once every three years.  The three-year period begins on the actual date of IACUC approval.  

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IACUC APPLICATION

Procedure for submitting a new IACUC application for research involving vertebrate animals:

  1. First, download and complete the IACUC Proposal Form. This form must be uploaded into the "IACUC Application for Research Involving Vertebrate Animals" web form
  2. Secondly, be sure to rename the form according to the following naming convention: IACUC_(last name, first initial)_(common name of species being studied)_(date).
  3. When the IACUC Proposal Form has been completed,  the IACUC Application Form for Research Involving Vertebrate Animals application form can be accessed here.
  4. The IACUC receives the application and reviews.  If any issues need to be addressed, you will be notified by the IACUC Coordinator and asked to respond. When the committee determines that all issues (if any) have been resolved sufficiently to approve the proposed research, you will receive a notice of approval by email.

Per the College's Animal Welfare Assurance on file with OLAW this approval is valid for one year. Should you wish to continue this approved study for a second year beyond the first and second anniversary, you must submit an "IACUC Annual Renewal Application Form” at least 3 weeks in advance of the anniversary date. If you fail to submit the renewal form, then your approved protocol will lapse on the anniversary date and no further research may be conducted under this protocol.  As a result of a lapse a new "IACUC Application for Research Involving Vertebrate Animals" must be submitted for review and approval by the IACUC before the animal research activities described herein may be resumed.
After two renewals this approved protocol expires on its third anniversary, and a de novo review of this protocol must be submitted as a new "IACUC Application for Research Involving Vertebrate Animals" in order to continue any research under this protocol.
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IACUC RENEWAL

The IACUC shall conduct continuing review (renewal) of each previously approved, ongoing activity annually until the triennial review due date at which time a de novo review is required.

  • If this is your first or second renewal, and your existing active protocol hasn't lapsed, please complete the IACUC Annual Renewal Application form at least 3 weeks prior to the anniversary date provided in the original approval notice. You will need to upload a copy of the currently active protocol in the renewal application.
  • The IACUC will review the renewal request, and if approved, the IACUC Coordinator will notify the Principal Investigator(s) and the Advisor (if applicable) of the committee's decision.

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IACUC Form for Amending an Existing Active Protocol

 

If you have any questions or need assistance with the forms, you may contact the IACUC Coordinator, Molly Dellinger (molly.dellinger@fandm.edu) or the IACUC Chair, Marcus Thomsen (marcus.thomsen@fandm.edu).