Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) encourages research as a vital part of the academic enterprise and is committed to the ethical practice of research. It is the duty of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to review and approve research in accordance with the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (Common Rule) to assure compliance with the ethical principles as outlined by the Belmont Report. Any research involving human participants as subjects conducted (1) at B-CU; (2) by or under the direction of any employee or agent of B-CU in connection with his or her institutional responsibility; (3) by students of B-CU in connection with their institutional responsibilities; or (4) by or under the direction of any employee or agent of B-CU using any property or facility owned by B-CU or involving non-public information collected by B-CU must be reviewed by the IRB.


The following three basic ethical principles, as outlined in the Belmont Report, guide the function of the IRB:

1) Respect for persons

  • Individuals should be treated as autonomous agents
  • Persons with diminished authority are entitled to protection

2) Beneficence

  • Maximize benefits and minimize risk

3) Justice

  • Risks and potential benefits of research should be equitably distributed

IRB Application Process

Approval from the IRB must be obtained prior to initiating a Research project involving Human Subjects, regardless of whether such project is part of a class or class requirement. Failure to seek IRB approval prior to conducting Human Subject Research is a violation of federal law and B-CU policy. The IRB meets on the 3rd Friday of each month during the academic year. For full consideration complete applications should be received by the 2nd Friday of each month, during the academic year. Completed IRB applications should be submitted via email to bcuirb@cookman.edu. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the date of your submission for the process to complete.

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Bethune-Cookman University IRB Contact Information

IRB Number: IRB00009916

Institutional Review Board
Office of the Provost
640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Email: bcuirb@cookman.edu
Phone: 386.481.2062

2014-2015 Institutional Review Board

Dr. Richard Buckelew (Chair)
Dr. Raphael Isokpehi (Vice-Chair)
Dr. Cecily Ball
Dr. Adrienne T. Cooper
Dr. Lori Green
Dr. Jan Holston
Dr. Ram Nyar (External Member)

Additional Resources

Is my activity Research Involving Human Subjects? (Flowchart)
NIH Human Subjects Certification Training
Informed Consent Template
Informed Consent Checklist
§45 CFR Part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects)
Office for Human Research Protections[PA2] (US Department of Health and Human Services)
Writing an IRB Proposal (Smith College)
Glossary of IRB Terms (University of Georgia)
Preparing Successful Proposals for Institutional Review Boards (Fordham University)
Common Mistakes in Research Proposals (Mercy College)
IRBs and Psychological Science: Ensuring a Collaborative Relationship (Source: American Psychological Association)
Responsible Conduct of Research (Source: American Psychological Association)
Conducting Surveys and the IRBÂ (Source: American Association for Public Opinion Research)