Staff Policy D-506.08
Institutional Effectiveness Criterion: Operations

Human Subject Research

Northwestern Michigan College encourages scholarly endeavors of students, employees and community foundations/organizations. Pursuit of scholarly work and research may involve human subjects as the unit of analysis - students, employees, alumni, or others.

It is the responsibility of the Office of Research, Planning and Effectiveness to ensure the rights, privacy, dignity and welfare of human subjects (as defined by Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46, Protection of Human Subjects) involved in studies conducted on or by NMC students or employees.

The ethical acceptability of all requests for research involving human subjects will be assessed with respect to:

  • Sensitivity to community attitudes
  • Safeguarding of research participants rights and welfare
  • Institutional commitments and obligations
  • Applicable law (risk management)
  • Standards of professional conduct and practice

The Office of Research, Planning and Effectiveness, in conjunction with other appropriate faculty and staff, is responsible for the development and publication of any procedures or guidelines that may be necessary to administer this policy effectively.

If any provision(s) of this policy or set of bylaws conflicts with laws applicable to Northwestern Michigan College, including the Community College Act of 1966, the Freedom of Information Act, or the Open Meetings Act, as each may be amended from time to time, such laws shall control and supersede such provision(s).

Adopted September 23, 2014
Reviewed without revision November 15, 2019