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Hebrew Theological College (HTC) is committed to academic freedom and integrity. The College encourages its faculty and students to conduct scholarship and research in a variety of fields. As part of its commitment ensure integrity and quality of scholarship and research, and consistent with ethical principles to which the College adheres, HTC has established this protocol for “Humans Subject Research and Protections.”

To protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of HTC, all proposed research involving human subjects must first be reviewed by Touro College’s Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects #1 (IRB #1). Touro College’s IRB #1 is registered with the federal Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) and received approval of its Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) that includes responsibilities associated with HTC on September 30, 2016.

Research involving human subjects for which a principal investigator needs approval from the Touro College IRB #1 generally falls into three types of activity: basic and applied research, whether or not it is externally funded, that is conducted by faculty and other staff members eligible to serve as principal investigators under HTC policy; undergraduate thesis research, whose faculty advisor must serve as a co-principal investigator on the project; and, in some rare cases, research projects undertaken by students as part of instruction. Human subjects include not only non-HTC populations, but also would include use of HTC students or staff, for example when a faculty member seeks to conduct research with students enrolled in a course.

HTC’s Chief Academic Officer serves as the point of contact for all College research involving human subjects) and Touro’s IRB #1:

• The Touro College IRB #1 has the authority to approve, require modifications to, or disapprove all research activities at HTC that fall within its jurisdiction as specified by both federal regulations and College policy. Such research activities include those conducted by faculty investigators as well as by students or staff. The Touro IRB #1 reports a Human Protections Administrator at Touro College and ultimately to the President of the Touro College and University System. Support functions for the IRB #1 are provided by the staff of the Office of Sponsored Programs at Touro College.

• HTC’s Chief Academic Officer provides general guidance to HTC faculty, students, and staff about the requirements associated with human subjects research, works with Touro College’s IRB #1 on matters regarding the relationship established by the inter-institutional agreement and specific proposals submitted for review as required, and oversees all aspects of implementation and adherence to the terms of the agreement by HTC faculty and students.

For specific policies and procedures and how to determine whether research requires internal review board approval, see this link to the Touro College IRB #1 site.

Questions should be addressed to the HTC Chief Academic Officer, who will work with appropriate individuals at Touro College to provide answers. For any questions and for additional information, please contact:

Dr. Zev Eleff
Chief Academic Officer
Hebrew Theological College
(847) 982-2500, ext. 1143
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