Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at SCCC operates according to the Code of Federal Regulations (Title 45, Part 46) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and is guided by the Ethical Principles and Guidelines set forth in the Belmont Report (1979).

For the purposes of the IRB, research is defined as “any systematic investigation designed to contribute to a body of generalized public knowledge.” The use of human subjects refers to “data collection through interaction with individuals or the collection of identifiable private information about individuals.” Activities that meet this definition of human subjects research should be submitted to the IRB for review following the procedures described on this website.

Any principal investigator interested in performing scholarly research activities involving human subjects, either on- or off-campus, must submit an application to the Sussex County Community College IRB. An application must be submitted even if the principal investigator’s research study has been approved by another institution’s or organization’s Institutional Review Board. A principal investigator is a SCCC staff, faculty or student or an individual non-affiliated with SCCC who wants to conduct research involving human subjects either at SCCC or with SCCC employees and/or SCCC students. The purpose of the application is to determine whether the research design and activities will adequately protect the rights and welfare of the participants.

Applications can be submitted at any time. Decisions will be returned to the PI(s) within thirty working days in writing.

Application and related forms
Application for the Use of Human Subjects-SCCC
Informed Consent Template
Debriefing Form Template

Please submit application and related materials to:
Cory Homer, M.A.
Director of Institutional Research, Planning, Assessment, and Distance Learning
One College Hill Road
Newton, NJ 07860
or by email to