College Research Review Committee

College Research Review Committee

The Estrella Mountain College Research Review Committee (CRRC) is part of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Maricopa Community College District, a federally mandated group that oversees the ethics of research involving human participants. (For a more comprehensive overview of the IRB and CRRC, please see the MCCCD Overview of the IRB.)

 At EMCC, the CRRC has the following roles:

  • Advise the Vice President of Learning, who is the institutional authority to approve research.
  • Oversee the review of exempt student research.
  • Provide guidance to researchers in complying with IRB standards for on-campus research related to the campus mission.
  • Serve as a campus resource to ensure that approved research fulfills its ethical obligations.

If you are interested in doing research with human subjects, please follow the steps below.

For Employees:

  • Download and fill out this Research Request Form.
    • Once it is filled out, attach a copy to an email to the Vice President of Learning.(and copy CRRC@estrellamountain.edu) requesting consideration
    • The Vice President of Learning will review your project to determine if it appropriate for the institution (i.e., EMCC).
  • If it is approved for the institution, it can move forward to be reviewed by the IRB. To have it reviewed:
    • Get your ethics training certificate from the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program).
      • If you don't have a CITI account, choose register.  (If you have a CITI account Login, just choose "Log In")
      • When you are ready to register, you will be asked to choose an Organization Affiliation. Choose "Maricopa County Community College District" and follow the remaining steps.
      • Choose the Social-Behavioral-Education (SBE) Researchers.  Complete only the 9 mandatory modules.  (Don't complete the supplemental modules)
      • Print and save your certificate when you complete the training.
    • Then, go to the MCCCD IRB site and click the MCCCD Employees button.

For Students:

  • Ensure you have a faculty sponsor who will help guide your research and oversee the IRB process.
  • Download the student checklist for completing IRB to get started.
  • Get your ethics training certificate from the CITI Program.
    • If you don't have a CITI account, choose register.  (If you have a CITI account Login, just choose "Log In")
    • When you are ready to register, you will be asked to choose an Organization Affiliation. Choose "Maricopa County Community College District" and follow the remaining steps.
    • Choose the Social-Behavioral-Education (SBE) Researchers.  Complete only the 9 mandatory modules.  (Don't complete the supplemental modules)
    • Print and save your certificate when you complete the training.
  • Use the sample IRB application for student research and the sample consent form to guide you as you write up your proposal.  Make sure to share your work with your faculty sponsor.
  • Have your faculty sponsor submit your completed application  to Bill Farrar, the IRB co-chair in charge of student research.
    • Before submitting the IRB application to the co-chair make sure it is complete (see student checklist for completing the IRB for details). In particular,
      • Have the CITI ethics certificates of completion of training attached for all students and faculty involved in the research.
      • Make sure the complete consent form is attached.
      • Include all survey questions and materials that will be used in the study.
      • Have the signatures and contact information of all student and the faculty sponsor on the application form.
  • Once your instructor submits the research to the IRB co-chair, the College Research Review Committee will review it.  This may take up to two weeks, so make sure to plan ahead. 
  • Your faculty sponsor will be contacted by the CRRC if your study is approved, rejected or needs modifications.  Work with your faculty sponsor to make the required modifications.
  • Once the modifications have been accepted by the committee, the research then goes to EMCC's Vice President of Learning for institutional approval. 
  • If it is approved by the Vice President, your faculty advisor will be informed and can let you know.
    • The college Vice President may suggest additional modifications before the study can be approved.  These modifications may be major ones or small ones.  If for some unforeseen reason, the study can't be done at EMCC, your faculty sponsor will be informed.
  • Once you have been approved to do research, continue to work with your faculty sponsor and you are on your way!

If you have questions whether your project is human-subjects research, please contact either of the CRRC co-chairs: