If an external researcher would like to request permission to conduct research at SCC and/or other colleges in the Los Rios District, approval is needed through our local research review process. Current guidelines for external researchers are provided in section C of the document Conducting Research guidelines (see left menu).
SCC employees conducting classroom-based research for internal use at SCC are expected to follow best practices for conducting research involving human subjects but are not required to complete the full local review process. (See guidelines for internal research in section D of Conducting Research guidelines). If an SCC employee is conducting research that is not classroom-based (e.g., as part of a sabbatical, for professional interest, for publication, or for a graduate thesis or dissertation) and plans to use data either from college students or the community, he or she should contact the college Faculty Researcher and/or the college Research Office. It is likely that this research will fall under the External Guidelines and require a local research review for approval (section C). For additional information, please review the Research Handbook.
As with any professional research, approval is contingent upon a review of the research plan to ensure that there is no risk to participants, that informed consent is followed and that anonymity and confidentiality are guaranteed. Please note that, because our local review is only an informal IRB, we ask that external researchers have permission from a formal IRB at their home institution. In order to process your proposal for approval, we will be requesting the following:
1. LRCCD External Research Request form
2. A description of the proposed research
3. A copy of university/agency research IRB approval, including approved guidelines for human subjects in the research
4. Copies of any consent form for participants (if appropriate)
5. Copies of any draft survey instruments and/or interview protocols (if appropriate)
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