The role of the Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to ensure that research subjects are treated with dignity, respect and with due regard for their welfare. All research involving the use of human subjects at NCTC or by NCTC employees and students must be reviewed and approved by the NCTC IRB before the research can be initiated.
Research can begin after the IRB approves the project or exempts the project from further review. A researcher may not self-determine that his or her research project qualifies as exempt from IRB review. The review of an IRB application typically takes one to two weeks.