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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The function of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Orange Coast College is to ensure the well-being of participants who may volunteer for or participate in research studies or investigate inquires. The IRB assists researchers and members of the institution:

  • Comply with state and federal regulations that may apply to their studies or investigative inquires
  • Protect them from potential liability from which they may be exposed
  • Protect Orange Coast College from any liability it may be exposed

The IRB is composed of an institutional researcher, a faculty member and one additional member from college community. All members of the IRB shall have training in applied and theoretical research, understanding the state and federal guidelines protecting human subjects in an educational setting. To help you determine what type of IRB review you are requesting, please consult the IRB decision charts starting on page 11 of the IRB guidelines document below.

Additionally, IRB approval is separate from administrative approval at the college. Most research projects require both administrative approval from the department or area your research is being conducted through as well as IRB approval. If you are unsure of what type of administrative approval you need, the IRB committee can assist you in determining what additional approvals (if any) are needed.

Please note that the IRB guidelines indicate that approval can take up to 30 days.

IRB Documents

Orange Coast College Institutional Review Board Guidelines 2015-17

Institutional Review Board Request Form 2015-17


Questions? Please contact Sheri Sterner ( or Daisy Segovia ( in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.