Office of Research & Creative Scholarship

Policies & Compliance

The Office of Research and Creative Services (ORCS) assures research compliance and represents the Emerson community’s commitment to responsible research. It oversees the primary compliance areas of responsible conduct of research, conflict of interest, and research involving human subjects.

View the major policies and procedures of the College relevant to externally sponsored (grant-funded) projects.

The mission of the Emerson College Human Research Subjects Committee/Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to ensure quality research involving human subjects conducted under the auspices of the College. The IRB is guided by ethical principles outlined in the Belmont Report (1979) and legal mandates outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations Title 45, Part 46 (2009).

All researchers that utilize human participants, whether for in-class projects, surveys, interviews, or research projects must submit application materials for review by the IRB. These might include individual professional research projects, individual student assignment projects, or student classroom projects.

The main purpose of the IRB is to ensure the protection of human subjects through the review, approval, modification, or disapproval of research applications submitted by faculty, staff, or students. The IRB is responsible for communication, record keeping, reporting, monitoring, education of the campus community about ethical issues, and the overseeing of all research activity involving human subjects.

Researchers include faculty members, staff, and students.

In order to assist Emerson College researchers in meeting institutional and sponsor requirements for research integrity training, the College is a member of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). Investigators conducting research that is externally sponsored or which involves human or animal subjects (regardless of funding status) must complete the appropriate training module(s).