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Research Review Board at Southwest Baptist University

Faculty Researchers


Responsibilities of faculty sponsors

Responsibilities of Faculty Sponsors of Student Research

  • Be informed of all RRB procedures. If you don’t know, just ask. Email questions to RRB@sbuniv.edu
  • Assure that students complete one of the approved online ethics courses and submit certificates to the RRB.
  • Guide students in obtaining proper information, forms, etc. on the RRB process.
  • Review student RRB proposals for completeness, accuracy, and, most importantly, for research quality. You are the first line of defense in producing quality research.
  • Assure that students have all necessary materials prepared to submit with their RRB proposals. This includes surveys, study protocols, consent forms, recruiting materials, etc.
  • See the hard copy of the RRB proposal through the signature process.
  • Serve as a back-up contact if the student cannot be contacted directly concerning questions from the RRB on research.
  • Notify the RRB if the student either drops out or completes the research.

Responsibilities of Faculty Sponsors of Outside Researchers (Students, Faculty, or Otherwise)

We regularly have requests from outside researchers, such as people completing masters and doctorate degrees or conducting national studies, to use SBU students, faculty, or staff as participants. We are obligated as a university to review the research for human research ethics. Faculty sponsors help to guide the proposal through the review process.

  • Be informed of RRB procedures. If you don’t know, just ask. Email questions to RRB@sbuniv.edu
  • Inform the researcher that they must provide evidence of completion of one of the approved online ethics courses and submit certificate or letter to the RRB to that effect.
  • Help the researcher obtain proper information, forms, etc. on the RRB process.
  • Review the RRB proposal for completeness, accuracy, and, most importantly, for research quality. You are the first line of defense in protecting SBU students, faculty, and staff.
  • See the hard copy of the RRB proposal through the signature process.
  • Facilitate the research on campus. For example, you may put the researcher in contact with other faculty who can answer questions or make arrangements. You may also reserve classrooms for research surveys or post recruitment materials.
  • Notify the RRB if the researcher drops out or completes the research.