Human Subjects (PHSC)

Adjunct Faculty and Visiting Faculty members must name a faculty member as Co-PI on protocols to obtain approval.

Surveys: If your research is to include a survey, you must have PHSC approval before being administered.

Note: If your protocol is for the School of Education, whether new, modification, or renewal of a previously approved protocol, please use the EDIRC form.

To request Protection of Human Subjects Committee (PHSC) approval for a project, go to myWM, locate the Faculty and Staff or Student Links Box, under Academics and Research, select Protocol and Compliance Management to login to the system. Normal processing time for a protocol that does not require a convened meeting is approximately three to four weeks from time of submission.

Generalizable Knowledge:  If  information collected by your project is to be kept in house (that is, not to be shared with the public), or it is collected for pedagological reasons,( i.e, teaching purposes),  it is not considered research by the committee thus does not require committee approval.

For questions about PHSC procedures or forms, please email [[cacorb, Cindy Corbett]] or call 1-3966.

About PHSC
For Committee Members
  • A Guidebook of Policies and Procedures for Research Involving Human Subjects at The College of William and Mary (Word Format or Adobe PDF Format)
Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (45 CFR 46)
Helpful Links
  • NIH On-Line Education Module on the Protection of Human Research Participants - fulfills the NIH education requirment in the protection of human research participants for key personnel.
  • The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) promotes integrity in biomedical and behavioral research supported by the Public Health Service (PHS) at about 4,000 institutions worldwide. ORI monitors institutional investigations of research misconduct and facilitates the responsible conduct of research through educational, preventive, and regulatory activities.