Purpose of the Institutional Review Board

The purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to ensure, both in advance and by periodic review, that appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights and welfare of humans participating as subjects in research studies conducted by or with Mountain Empire Community College employees or students, or on the MECC campus.  MECC’s IRB reviews human subject research proposals to ensure that the rights and welfare of human subjects are protected by minimizing risks and ensuring informed and voluntary participation.

The IRB does not assume the role of evaluating the soundness of the proposed research study, the merits of the research design, or the potential contribution of the research to scholarly literature. Rather, the IRB is charged with evaluating each project’s compliance with ethical standards in regard to issues such as informed consent, confidentiality, and risk to participants.

Persons Affected

  • Employees and students of MECC who engage in human subject and/or scientific research under the auspices of the college.
  • Individuals and/or other organizations or institutions seeking to conduct research using MECC resources.

* If you are unsure whether or not your project requires IRB review, contact MECC’s IRB Chair.

2016-17 IRB Members

Kevin Lee, B.S., Institutional Research (Chair)
Dale Lee, M.A., Counselor (Vice Chair)
Smitty Baker, M.A. Assistant Professor of Psychology
Carol Burkart, Ph.D., Professor of Biology
Nora Blankenbecler, MBA, HIM Program Director
Damie Carter, J.D., Attorney/Community Representative
Deborah Wright, M.S., Assistant Professor of Nursing