Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Institutional Review Board
Fullerton College Institutional Review Board No. IORG0007053 has been approved by the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and is valid until 01/14/2022.
What is an IRB?
In accordance with the Federal Regulations, an IRB—Institutional Review Board–is a committee of scientists, nonscientists and community members who review proposed research involving human volunteers to protect their rights and welfare.
Research investigators and their institutions have a fundamental responsibility to safeguard the rights and welfare of people participating in their research activities. All reviews of research activities involving human subjects is done by the IRB, a federally regulated committee whose members are not involved in the conduct of the research.
The purpose of the IRB rises above performing a legalistic function in the protection of human subjects, by serving as a forum for the development and understanding of the ethical guidelines governing human subjects research. Ultimately, in this effort, the research investigator’s relationship with the IRB forms the bedrock of the human subjects protection program.
The IRB reviews and has the authority to approve, require modifications or disapprove all research activities, including previously approved research that is currently undergoing new modifications. The research protocol and the informed consent document are the interface of communication for ethical research practices between the IRB and the researcher.
IRB Committee Members
Carlos Ayon, Chair – Director of Institutional Effectiveness
Gigi Blanche, Faculty, Sociology Department
Leonard Cho, Faculty, Math Department
Roman De Jesus, Faculty, Natural Sciences
Richard Hartmann, Dean, Natural Sciences
Jennifer LaBounty, Director, EOPS/CARE/CalWORKS
Sandi Layana, Community Member (Principal of La Vista and La Sierra High School)
Katheryn McGuthry, Faculty, Social Sciences
Human Research Protection Training
Fullerton College subscribes to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. All students, faculty, and staff can create accounts and complete training available on the CITI website. To access these resources, please click here to visit the CITI website, create a new account and identify “Fullerton College” as your institution.