Proposals for research must be submitted to the ACC Institutional Research Review Committee.  The Committee meets monthly and reports its decisions to the Academic Affairs Council.  No research is to begin until after the Research Review Committee has acted.

  1. Contact the Chair of the Institutional Research Review Committee and obtain a copy of the materials necessary to complete the application.


  2. Contact and obtain the agreement of a full-time ACC employee who will serve as the Liaison to the project.


  3. Discuss in full the proposed project with the Liaison, reviewing all questions that need to be addressed as part of the Application for Review of Research Proposals.


  4. Complete the Application for Review of Research Proposals (Word, 36 KB).  Only completed applications will be reviewed.  The cover page of the application and the Liaison Agreement must be signed in ink.


  5. Provide copies of any formal communications from other institutions that relate to the approval of the project, such as approval of the Informed Consent form.  Do not include complete chapters of dissertations or other formal papers.


  6. The Institutional Research Review Committee will meet to discuss the proposal.  Meetings are scheduled every month.  In general, proposals must be received by the first day of the month to be considered at the meeting scheduled for that month.


  7. The Institutional Research Review Committee will inform you in writing of its decision.  If the project is conditionally approved, it is the responsibility of the Researcher to work with the Liaison to ensure that the conditions are met.
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  1. Decisions of the Institutional Research Review Committee are final and will be reported to the Academic Affairs Council.


  2. All research will be completed within the time frame indicated on the application.  Extensions may be requested in advance.  Requests must be made in writing to the Chair of the Institutional Research Review Committee.


  3. The Researcher must communicate any substantive changes to the Liaison and to the Institutional Research Review Committee before changes are implemented.


  4. Researchers must maintain regular contact with the designated Liaison.


  5. Final reports will be submitted to the Institutional Research Review Committee by the Liaison.

In general, the following are prohibited:

  • Research that places risk to the safety and well being of ACC students, faculty, and/or staff.
  • Research in which subjects could be at risk of criminal or civil liability, damage to employability or to financial standing, or undue embarrassment if responses became known outside the research project.
  • Research in which ACC could be liable for damages to persons or property.
  • Research which requires extensive use of ACC resources, including staff time.
  • Research that is not well conceived.
  • Research projects involving minors.
  • Research projects that lack controls for the protection of confidentiality.
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