To provide a non-discriminatory workplace and equal employment opportunity regardless race, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status or disability. This policy extends to all education, service, and employment programs of the College.
Albright College is committed to providing Equal Employment Opportunities to ensure nondiscriminatory employment practices in all phases of the employment relationship.
III. Practices and Procedures
Albright College is committed to maintaining a work environment free of discrimination and/or intimidation and shall endeavor to provide management training to promote a harmonious environment.
Personnel and applicants are encouraged to report any practices or behaviors that are in conflict with this policy to any or all of the following: Supervisor(s), the Director of Human Resources, and/or the Affirmative Action Coordinator.*
*A copy of the Albright College Affirmative Action Policy is available from the Office of Human Resources.
All clarifications for the Title IX/Harassment and Abuse matters that may involve a faculty member resides on the Albright Policy website page: https://www.albright.edu/academic/faculty-resources/faculty-title-ix-and-harassment-and-abuse-policy/
The policy was endorsed by the Albright Faculty on February 10, 2021. Any change to this policy must show Faculty endorsement to those changes and the date on which the change was made.
APPENDIX C: Human Subjects Research Policy
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD (IRB)
Policies and Procedures
To protect the rights and welfare of human participants of research conducted by members of the Albright College community, including Faculty, and students. This purpose shall be fulfilled by the review of proposals for such research by members of the IRB. IRB members shall determine whether such research meets the standards for ethical conduct of research using human participants, as found in The Code of Federal Regulations Title 45 – Part 46: Protection of Human Subjects.
The IRB shall consist of five Faculty, administrative or staff members of Albright College, two Faculty members who shall serve as alternates, and two current Albright students.
Members shall serve indefinite terms, left to the discretion of the individual member.
The Chair of the IRB shall appoint members.
To the greatest extent possible, members of the IRB should represent divergent disciplines, community attitudes, and demographic backgrounds. The IRB shall include at least one member whose primary concerns and expertise are in scientific areas and at least one member whose primary concerns and expertise are in nonscientific areas.
If a member of the IRB has an interest in a project under review, an alternate member of the IRB shall serve in that member’s place for review of that particular project.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES:
Any person who is under the IRB’s jurisdiction and wishes to conduct research using human participants (herein called a “PI” for principal investigator) must seek approval for such research from the IRB prior to the conduct of said research.
PIs should begin the review process by submitting a completed “Research Review Form,” with all necessary materials and signatures, to the Chair of the IRB.
The Chair of the IRB shall determine whether the form is complete. If necessary information or supplemental materials are not included; the form shall be returned to the PI for revision and completion.
The Chair shall make a determination, based on the Research Review Form, whether the research falls under EXPEDITED or FULL review. Research projects eligible for EXPEDITED review are those which involve no more than minimal risk to the participants or are minor revisions of research previously approved by the IRB within the past three years. All other research is subject to FULL review by the IRB.
Those projects designated as eligible for EXPEDITED review shall be reviewed by two members of the IRB (or an alternate in cases of conflict of interest). Other members of the IRB shall be notified on a yearly basis of the approved projects to ensure that all members are informed of all research projects approved by the IRB.
All members of the IRB shall review those research projects determined to be subject to FULL review of the IRB. A meeting of the IRB shall be held to discuss these research projects and make a decision on whether to approve, disapprove or request modifications to these research projects.
In order to approve research projects covered by this policy, the IRB shall determine that all of the following requirements are satisfied (for a full description, see section 46.111 of The Code of Federal Regulations Title 45 – Part 46: Protection of Human Subjects):
Risks to participants are minimized.
Risks to participants are reasonable in relation to anticipated benefits of the research project.
Selection of participants is equitable, especially for vulnerable populations and for which there appears to be a clear benefit to the participants.
Informed consent, when necessary, is sought from the participants or their legal representatives. The requirements for informed consent are listed in section 46.116 of The Code of Federal Regulations Title 45 – Part 46: Protection of Human Subjects.
Provisions have been made to monitor and ensure the safety of the participants during the conduct of the research.
Provisions have been made to protect the privacy of the participants and maintain the confidentiality of the data.
The IRB shall notify the PI in writing of the review decision. The IRB may approve, disapprove or require modifications to secure approval. The IRB shall include in its written notification a statement of the reasons for its decision. If the research project is not approved, the IRB shall give the PI an opportunity to respond in person or in writing to the IRB’s decision.
The IRB shall have the authority to suspend or terminate approval of research that is not being conducted in accordance with the IRB’s requirements or that has been associated with unexpected serious harm to participants. Any suspension or termination of approval shall include a written statement of the reasons for the IRB’s actions and shall be reported promptly to the PI, the PI’s supervisor if the PI is a student, and the appropriate Albright officials.
Approved document changes by faculty vote on December 10, 2018 and ratified by Board of Trustees on February 9, 2019.