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kwon3d
09-20-2007, 06:20 AM
Dear Biomch-L community,

First of all, I apologizes for this bulk mailing through Biomch-L and
appreciate your understanding.

This mini questionnaire is primarily for:

1. Those who are currently serving or served in the past as chairs/heads of
academic departments or units in any US institutions
2. Those who are currently serving or served in the past on the
institution's IRB (Institutional Review Board) in any US institutions

These criteria, however, do not exclude those who are with non-US
institutions. Any inputs are welcome.

The key issue in this questionnaire is THE ROLE OF THE DEPARTMENT/UNIT
CHAIR/HEAD IN THE IRB APPLICATION PROCESS.

Background: Here at TWU, we are currently having some debates/discussions
regarding the role of the department chair in the process of filing
thesis/dissertation, prospectus (proposal), and IRB application. The core of
the controversy is the power and responsibilities of the department chair
that come with his/her signature on different documents/forms. We even see a
trend of tying chair's signature with some kind of legal
responsibilities/liabilities here. Among the processes, the most
controversial one is the IRB application: the role (or power) of the
department chair in the IRB application process. Although I am aware that
some institutions do not even require department chair's signature on the
IRB form, it seems most institutions require chair's signature on the form.
The trouble is that, in most cases, there is no written policy statement
that defines the meanings of the department chair's signature on the form.
Your input on this issue will allow us to better understand the common
practices and wisdom in regards to the role and power of a department chair
in various processes. It will enable us to clarify issues that we have now
and reshape our IRB process. I will post the summary to the list for those
who are interested in this issue.

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THE ROLE OF THE DEPARTMENT/UNIT CHAIR/HEAD IN THE IRB APPLICATION PROCESS
QUESTIONNAIRE

1. Full name of your institution

2. Your position (current or previous; chair or IRB member)

3. Does your institution require department/unit chair's signature on the
IRB form? (If the answer is 'NO', skip the rest. Thanks for your input!)

4. What is the department/unit chair's role in the IRB process? Simply an
administrative step? The chair must read the application thoroughly and
approve the contents (study design and IRB protocols)? Or somewhere in
between? (You may separate your institution's regulations and what you
believe it should be, if they are different.)

REGULATIONS:

PERSONAL BELIEF:

5. What do you think are the key concepts that define the role of the
department chair in the IRB process? (Academic freedom, professionalism,
responsibilities, liabilities, etc.)

6. Does the chair's signature on the form imply any professional or legal
responsibilities/liabilities? (Again, you may separate your institution's
regulations and your belief.)

REGULATIONS:

PERSONAL BELIEF:

7. If your institution have any policy/position statements in the
regulations and/or on the IRB form related to this issue, please include
them here.

The end: Thanks for your input!
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I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks a million!

Young-Hoo Kwon
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Young-Hoo Kwon, Ph.D.
Director, Biomechanics Laboratory
Associate Professor of Kinesiology
Texas Woman's University
P O Box 425647
Denton, TX 76204-5647
USA
Office & Fax: +1-940-898-2598
Email: ykwon@mail.twu.edu / kwon3d@kwon3d.com
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