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Institutional Review Board

The VCOM Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of the human participants in research conducted by faculty at the Institution. To ensure compliance with federal and state regulations, the VCOM IRB is charged with reviewing all research protocols involving human participants conducted by VCOM faculty and staff and/or conducted at VCOM facilities.

VCOM is committed to protecting the rights and ensuring the safety of human subjects participating in research at the College.  This commitment is guided by the principles described in the Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research, often referred to as the Belmont Report. VCOM’s commitment is also guided by the federal regulations 45.CFR.46 (the “Common Rule”), 21.CFR.50, and 21.CFR.56.

This commitment is vested in the VCOM IRB for research involving human subjects, which operates under a Federalwide Assurance on file with the OHRP, a subdivision of the DHHS.  All research at the College involving human subjects, regardless of funding source, is under the authority of the VCOM IRB.  VCOM’s IRB is also registered at OHRP.  More information on federal regulations can be found at the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) website.

To fulfill the agreement underlying the assurances, and to satisfy institutional policy, all faculty and staff at the Institutions must submit for VCOM IRB review any human subject research project, regardless of funding source and/or location at which the research will be conducted.

VCOM encourages student research and has many resources in place to aid students in their research endeavors.  Note that students conducting research must have a faculty advisor to serve as mentor. Students may not act as principal investigator, but may serve as co-principal investigator while the faculty advisor serves as the responsible individual (principal investigator). 


2265 Kraft Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Phone: 540-232-8425
Email: dgeiger [at]

Notice on Updated Training Requirements

Per the new federal requirements concerning financial conflicts of interest, VCOM IRB requires all investigators involved in funded research to complete online education modules on financial conflicts of interest in research. Please visit the Required Education page for more information on new regulations and what it means for researchers at VCOM.  

To review VCOM’s updated Financial Conflicts of Interest in Research Policy, please see the VCOM Institutional Policy and Procedure Handbook.