Biola University is concerned with the protection of the rights and welfare of human participants in all qualified research. The primary purpose of the Protection of Human Rights in Research Committee (PHRRC) is to protect research participants from unintended harm, especially in the areas of confidentiality and informed consent. The secondary goal is to assist faculty, staff, administrative personnel, student researchers in avoiding errors or oversights that can result in justifiable actions, including lawsuits, against the university.
The PHRRC is to ensure:
- The protection of the rights of all human participants involved in qualified (i.e., beyond routine class assignments) research projects carried out by Biola faculty, staff and students.
- That research conducted by Biola faculty, staff and students meets the standards required by governmental agencies.
Consequently, all qualified research must go through the university's PHRRC. The attached forms should be carefully filled out and submitted to administrative staff at Rosemead School of Psychology. Research proposals are generally processed within four to six weeks of submission. However, the researchers should leave additional time for unanticipated delays: Biola holidays, the end of each term, or for the review of requested changes to the protocol.
- PHRRC Part I Guidelines (Updated June 2014)
- PHRRC Part II Application Form (Updated February 2014)
- Example PHRRC application from University Effectiveness Department
Questions about the ethics of your research project that aren't addressed in the PHRRC Guidelines? Here are a few of the most widely used ethics codes for research:
- The Belmont Report
- The American Psychological Association's Code of Ethics
- The American Anthropological Association Code of Ethics
The Belmont Report was created by the National Institutes of Health in 1979, and summarizes the "basic ethicalprinciples and guidelines that should assist in resolving the ethical problems that surround the conduct of research with human subjects" (p. 1, The Belmont Report). The APA's Code of Ethics is referenced by many disciplines, and is called by the authors of the Belmont Report, "the best known" code.
Here are some examples of the types of research that are required to seek approval from the PHRRC:
- Research conducted by graduate students on Biola students, staff or faculty for dissertation
- Research conducted by faculty members on Biola students, staff or faculty
- Departments conducting focus groups for Biola students, staff or faculty feedback
- Research by outside persons or agencies on Biola students, staff, or faculty
Research conducted as part of a class assignment does not require PHRRC approval.
Internal or departmental surveys for the purpose of self-study, and not for public dissemination (i.e., publication), do not require PHRRC approval. Instead, such internal surveys will be reviewed by the departmental supervisor for ethical considerations and a copy of the survey will be sent to the PHRRC for later reference. It is suggested that all surveys that do not use an informed consent form present a statement at the top of the survey indicating that participants are giving their implied consent by completing the survey. In addition, it should be stated at the top that participants are free to choose not to answer any questions for any reason. If you are unsure whether or not your study falls into this category, please contact the PHRRC.
To contact PHRRC please call ext. 4894 or email phrrc [dot] submissions [at] biola [dot] edu. All PHRRC applications should be directed to phrrc [dot] submissions [at] biola [dot] edu.
Members of the PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN RESEARCH COMMITTEE
- Stacy Eltiti (co-chair)
- John Williams (co-chair)
- Jason Brunt (co-chair)
- Andrea Canada (review coordinator)
- Peggy Burke
- Ann Gewe
- Klaus Issler
- Paul Langenwalter
- Bruce Seymour
- Yvana Uranga-Hernandez
- Nancy Yuen