Institutional Review Board

It is the responsibility of the IRB to evaluate each research proposal in terms of ethical standards.  In particular, the board will assess if there are appropriate measures planned to maintain confidentiality, establish informed consent, and avoid any risk to individuals.
The District considers all research involving the use of humans, or data maintained by the College as being subject to federal regulations regardless of the type of research being performed or the source of funding. Generally, investigators should submit a research proposal to the IRB for review if data collection involves intervention or interaction with a living human being and any one of the following conditions applies: 
  1. Collection of information that is intended to contribute to generalizable knowledge (i.e., data will be used to make inferences about persons outside the group from which the data are collected),
  2. Anonymity cannot be assured,
  3. Conclusions drawn from the data are intended to be shared publicly.
Co-Chairs:                                                             IRB Members:
  • Dr. Jennifer La Serna
  • Christian Anderson 
  • Dr. Mehmet "Dali" Ozturk (Designee)
  • Steven Howland​
  • Abbi Gregory
  • Tom Giampietro
  • Lisa Brandis
  • Carol Enns ( Alternative)
  • Adam Peck (Alternative)
IRB Policy Documents
AP 3290 - Human Subjects.pdfAP 3290
BP 3290 - Human Subjects.pdfBP 3290
 Please submit IRB applications to

Submit hardcopy to:
College of the Sequoias
Office of Research, Planning & Institutional Effectiveness
915 S. Mooney Blvd
Visalia, CA 93277
Last Updated: 10/16/2014 11:40 AM