Human & Animal Research at Wartburg

Wartburg College promotes ethical conduct of research in all areas and takes pride in the quality of research conducted through its programs.  The Human & Animal Research Review Committee (HARRC) serves as Wartburg College’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) and joint Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) with oversight responsibility for all research involving the area of human or animal subjects in accordance with federal and disciplinary regulations.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, research means a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.”

HARRC Activity Oversight Checklist

  • Are you using live vertebrate animals including humans in your activity?
  • Are you trying to answer a hypothesis with your activity that will lead to conclusions that will be expanded to a wider population?  Are your findings generalizable?
    • For example, a psychology study that surveys 20 students to draw conclusions about college students in general does fit this definition.
    • For example, an oral history/biography that aims to record a person’s story but does not draw general conclusions does not fit into this definition.
  • Are you planning on disseminating your results to a wider audience?
    • Some examples of dissemination to a wider audience include presentation of data/new knowledge at campus (RICE Day), local or national poster sessions or meetings, inclusion of data/new knowledge in grant applications, publication of data/new knowledge in professional journal either in print or online, and presentation of data/new knowledge to administration of community partnership or other off-campus organizations.

If you have answered yes to all of the questions above, then you need to seek HARRC approval for your research. If you have research or classroom activities that involve sensitive populations (i.e. children, elderly, handicapped, etc.) or involve significant stress to the participant, we encourage to consult HARRC if you feel it is necessary.  If you feel your research may be exempt from HARRC oversight, please contact the chair of HARRC for clarification and confirmation.  If you have not answered yes to all of the questions above, but require IRB approval, we would be more than happy to work with you to meet the ethical guidelines for your discipline.

If you are not affiliated with Wartburg College, but want to use Wartburg College resources to conduct your research and/or you want to collect data from Wartburg College students, faculty or staff members, please click on resources for external researchers link for more information on how to proceed.