Salish Kootenai College encourages research by faculty, staff, students, and other affiliated investigators that is consistent with the mission of the College. All research involving human subjects, for whom SKC students, faculty, and staff are subjects or investigators, whether on campus or elsewhere, is subject to review by the SKC Institutional Review Board to assure that the research activities meet ethical and legal standards. No research activities that involve human subjects or cultural or other resources of the Tribes may begin prior to approval by the IRB. It is the responsibility of the researcher to submit proposed research for review and determination of the need for IRB approval. Researchers are required to complete training in protection of human subjects and cultural intellectual property and follow the policies and procedures of the SKC IRB.
SKC complies with the regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the protection of human subjects involved in research (Code of Federal Regulations Title 45 Part 46 as revised June 23, 2005). The definition of research used in this policy follows 45 CFR 46.102(d). Research is defined by the regulations as “a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge” [Federal Policy § .102(d)]. In addition the SKC IRB assures research conducted under the auspices of SKC does not individually or collectively harm members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes through a misuse of cultural or other resources of the Tribes.