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Authorization to Conduct Research

Research at Miami Dade College requires prior authorization from the District administration. As outlined in College Procedure 1321 - Authorization to Conduct Research, prospective researchers must fill out the Research Application and e-mail it to the Director of Institutional Research with the appropriate attachments. Proposals will be presented to the CASSC Research and Testing Committee for review and approval.
Include a short description under each item on the Research Application.

  1. Proposal stating purpose & benefits of research - Describe, and add the proposal as an attachment.
  2. Which one of the following does this research supprt? (Dissertation, Masters thesis, Grant, In-class, Other In-class research should be approved before the start of the semester, and approval from the University review board must be included as an attachment.
  3. Has the Primary Investigator successfully completed training in the responsible conduct of research? For research involving human subjects, attach documentation that the primary investigator has successfully completed training in the responsible conduct of research.
  4. Prior approvals (from requesting institution/agency) are present - Copies of approval from dissertation committees, and approval from the University review board must be included as an attachment.
  5. Investigator has made arrangements for collecting data - Describe the data collection plans here. Researchers must make their own arrangements to collect data and it is up to the researcher to get faculty cooperation if they plan to use class time. Researchers can also try alternative methods, such as setting up a table to solicit students in a common area. MDC does not provide faculty or student e-mail addresses.
    • Survey instruments - Include any survey instruments researchers plan to use as an attachment
    • Interviews - Include any interview protocols as an attachment
    • Electronic data - If the researcher wants electronic files from MDC, specify here
  6. Consent forms are present or will be used where necessary - If human subjects are being used, the informed consent must be included as an attachment. It is especially important that the document indicate that subjects are free to participate or not.
  7. Confidentiality of data is addressed - How will the researcher organize, store, maintain, analyze, transfer, and/or dispose of data in such a manner as to reasonably prevent loss, unauthorized access, or divulgence of confidential information? This can include (1) storing data in a secure area that is only accessible to authorized personnel (2) storing data in a locked cabinet and/or on a device that automatically locks after a period of inactivity, (3) using encryption when transmitting data and storing data on removable media, and (4) using physical or cryptographic destruction when the data is no longer needed. How will the researcher ensure confidentiality of personally identifiable information? This can include blinding datasets by creating unique ID numbers that correspond to each student's data, and removing names, MDID numbers, and other personally identifiable information from the document containing study data.
  8. Estimated intrusiveness of study - Give best estimates to the three items below.
    • Number of Participants
    • Classroom time
    • MDC faculty/staff time
    • Computer time/resources
  9. Appropriateness of study to MDC - Comment on the two items below. MDC receives many research requests and this is an important part of our consideration.
    • Potential benefits
    • Any negative aspects
  10. Any issues not covered above - Anything else you want to add.

» Student Research Projects  
Research conducted by MDC students as part of classroom assignments may require CASSC R&T submission and approval.

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» Research Approval Procedures
Research approval at MDC is a two-step process: First MDC's Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews human subjects research proposals. Once approved by the MDC IRB, research proposals are reviewed by the CASSC R&T committee. All research - whether human subjects are involved or not - must be reviewed for approval by CASSC R&T.


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