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CFCC Research Approval and Monitoring Review Board (IRB)

The Research Approval and Monitoring Review Board, CFCC’s IRB, reviews and approves all requests for research at Cape Fear Community College involving human participants and to ensure that the rights and welfare of student and faculty participants are protected.


The make up of the review board is dependent on the research to be conducted but will consist of at least three members: academic subject area representative (i.e., Science, Humanities, Health and Human Services programs), research subject area representative (i.e., Dean of Student Affairs or other Student Services representative, Faculty Association Representative), and the review board chair.

Federal regulations (The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 45, Part 46) require that grant applications for most federally supported human subjects research be reviewed and approved by a recognized IRB. The review board will formally document that research occurring with students, faculty, and staff abides by regulatory requirements and generally follows accepted methods of assuring the protection of human research participants. Additionally, the review board makes CFCC-initiated research eligible for federal grants.

While community colleges are generally not thought of as research institutions, an increasing amount of research is being conducted, including analyses of student success data; reviews of teaching strategies and how they contribute to student engagement and success; and studies of student intervention and retention strategies. The formal process for receiving, reviewing, and responding to external requests for research will enable CFCC to gain access to this research as well as not place an undue burden on staff and students.

Submit Research Proposal

Please use the link below to submit a research proposal to the CFCC Research Approval and Monitoring Review Board. Please be aware that all costs associated with the dissemination of a research project to potential research subjects, including paper, postage, envelopes, etc., are the responsibility of the researcher. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, and Compliance or other departments may assist, but only if time permits and in coordination well in advance of the proposed start date once approval is granted. Please allow two weeks for the approval process.

Complete the IRB Application

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