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What Qualifies for Exempt (C-1) Review?

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To qualify for Exempt Review, the research must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must not involve pregnant women, prisoners or mentally impaired persons;
  • Must not include survey research with minors unless involving standard educational activities (e.g., educational tests) within the particular education system;
  • Must not include observation of a minor’s public behavior unless there is no researcher interaction;
  • Research must not involve video or audio recording of subjects; and
  • Must be in one or more of the following categories:

Categories for Exempt Review

  1. Research will be conducted in established or commonly accepted educational settings, involving normal educational practices, such as (a) research on regular and special education instructional strategies, or (b) research on the effectiveness or the comparison among instructional techniques, curricula, or classroom management methods.
  2. Research will involve the use of educational tests (cognitive, diagnostic, aptitude, achievement), survey procedures, interview procedures or observation of public behavior, unless the subjects can be identified directly or through identifiers linked to the subjects and disclosure of responses could reasonably place the subjects at risk or criminal or civil liability or be damaging to the subjects’ financial standing, employability or reputation.
  3. Research will involve the use of educational tests (cognitive, diagnostic, aptitude, achievement), survey procedures, interview procedures, or observation of public behavior that is not exempt under item (2) above, if (a) the subjects are elected or appointed public officials or candidates for public office; or (b) Federal statute(s) require(s) that the confidentiality or other personally identifiable information will be maintained throughout the research and thereafter.
  4. Research will involve the collection or study of existing data, documents, records, if these sources are publicly available or if the information is recorded by the investigator in such a manner that subjects cannot be identified directly or through identifiers linked to the subjects.
  5. Research and demonstration projects which are conducted by or subject to the approval of federal agency sponsoring the research, and which are designed to study, evaluate or otherwise examine (a) public benefit or service programs, (b) procedures for obtaining benefits or services under those programs, (c) possible changes in or alternatives to those programs or procedures, or (d) possible changes in methods or levels of payment for benefits or services under those programs.
  6. Taste and food quality evaluation and consumer acceptance studies, if (a) wholesome foods without additives are consumed, or if (b) a food is consumed that contains a food ingredient at or below the level and for a use found to be safe, by the Food and Drug Administration or approved by the Environmental Protection Agency or the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

What Qualifies for Expedited (C-2) Review?

To qualify for Expedited Review, the research must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be of minimal risk to the subjects;
  • Must not involve pregnant women, prisoners or mentally impaired persons;
  • Involve only procedures listed in one or more of the following categories:

Categories for Expedited Review

  1. Research involving materials (data, documents, records) that have been collected or will be collected solely for non-research purposes (such as medical treatment or diagnosis).
  2. Collection of data from voice, video, digital, or image recordings made for research purposes.
  3. Research on individual or group characteristics or behavior (including, but not limited to, research on perception, cognition, motivation, identity, language communication, cultural beliefs or practices, social behavior), or research employing survey, interview, oral history, focus group, program evaluation, human factors evaluation, or quality assurance methodologies.

What Types of Research Require Full (C-3) IRB Review?

Research that requires full committee review may include one or more of the following:

  • Prisoners
  • Pregnant Women
  • Fetuses
  • Mentally Disabled Persons
  • Poses greater than minimal risks to subjects (unless qualifying for Exempt review)
  • Vulnerable Populations (see definitions, below)

This list is not exhaustive. The final decision as to whether an application is reviewed by the Board at a convened meeting is that of the IRB Chair and/or Board.

Vulnerable Populations:

Individuals whose willingness to volunteer in a study or clinical trial may be unduly influenced by the expectation, whether justified or not, of benefits associated with participation, or of a retaliatory response from senior members of a hierarchy in case of refusal to participate. Examples are members of a group with a hierarchical structure, such as medical, pharmacy, dental, and nursing students, subordinate hospital and laboratory personnel, employees of the pharmaceutical industry, members of the armed forces (i.e., ROTC or Corps of Cadets), and persons kept in prison or detention. Other vulnerable subjects include patients with incurable diseases, persons in nursing homes, unemployed or impoverished persons, patients in emergency situations, ethnic minority groups, homeless persons, nomads, refugees, minors, and those incapable of giving consent.

Faculty and Staff

Zach Fischer

Zach Fischer

Chair, Assistant Professor

Office: 515 Herrick
Phone: 517/629-0609

M.F.A., Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training 
B.A., Willamette University 

Stephanie Henderson

Stephanie Henderson

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: 516 Herrick
Phone: 517/629-0729

M.F.A., Michigan State University
B.S., Moravian College


Mark Hoffland

Mark Hoffland

Staff Lecturer

Office: 504 Herrick
Phone: 517/629-0743

M.F.A., Michigan State University
B.A., Augsburg College


Kimberley Y. Jones

Kimberley Y. Jones

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: 504 Herrick
Phone: 517/629-0627

M.F.A., University of North Carolina
B.A., Texas Woman's University


Joel Klain

Joel Klain

Technical Director

Office: 516 Herrick
Phone: 517/629-0639

Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Scenic Designer, Master Electrician, carpenter, and metal smith.

Nikole Lee

Nikole Lee

Department Secretary

Office: 505 Herrick
Phone: 517/629-0344

Faculty Emeriti


Royal Ward

Professor Emeritus


B.A., MacMurray College
M.A., University of Illinois
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Appointed 1979. Emeritus since 2010.

Thomas Oosting

J. Thomas Oosting

Professor Emeritus

B.A., Hope College
M.A., Bowling Green State University
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Appointed 1970. Emeritus since 2003.

Former Faculty

Melissa B. Wyss


B.S., The Ohio State University
M.A., The Ohio State University
Appointed 1977.

Upcoming Concerts


Note: All concerts are in Goodrich Chapel unless otherwise noted.

2017-2018 season

February 2018

February 10, 9:00 p.m. Jazz at Relli's (Cascarelli's of Albion)
February 18, 4:00 p.m. Symphony Orchestra
February 23, 7:00 p.m. Symphonic Wind Ensemble
High School Honor Band

March 2018

March 16, 7:30 p.m. David L. Strickler Concert
Concert Choir with guests
Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
David Lang's the little match girl passion
March 25, 4:00 p.m. Faculty Recital (canceled)
March 24, 9:00 p.m. Jazz at Relli's (Cascarelli's of Albion)
March 29, 7:30 p.m. Faculty Recital
Sarah Manasreh, clarinet

April 2018

April 07, 4:00 p.m. Student Recital
Joshua McGarry, piano
April 08, 7:30 p.m. Student Recital
Ryan Powell, saxophone
April 13, 7:30 p.m. Concert Choir and Briton Singers
April 14, 9:00 p.m. Jazz at Relli's (Cascarelli's of Albion)
April 15, 4:00 p.m. Student Recital
Jessi Fore, viola
April 18, 7:30 p.m. Piano Studio Recital
April 20, 7:30 p.m.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble
with Percussion Ensemble & 
Brazilian Drumming Ensemble

April 21, 5:00 p.m. Student Recital
Philip Meyer, voice
April 21, 7:30 p.m. Student Lecture Recital
Alyson Barra, piano
April 22, 4:00 p.m. Symphony Orchestra
April 24, 7:30 p.m. Jazz in the Stack (Kellogg Center)
April 26, 7:30 p.m. Guest Artist Recital
Ben Buergel, oboe

This is the 2017-2018 season at Albion College. The use of cameras or other recording devices is strictly prohibited. All programs, artists, and dates are subject to change.

For questions, comments or updates, please contact Tiffany Paulson at 517/629-0481 or by email at for questions or confirmation.

2017 Spring Choir Tour

2017 Spring Choir Tour | Albion College

Albion College 2017 Spring Choir Tour

Albion College is pleased to present the 2017 Spring Choir Tour. Please join us in your area!

Dr. Clayton Parr, '80, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities has led the group since 2012. The tour is supported by The David L. Strickler Music Endowment Fund established by Albion College alumni and friends in honor of conductor Dr. David Strickler.

Thursday, March 2

Performance time: 7:30 p.m.
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
620 Romeo Road
Rochester, Michigan 48307
Hosted by: Dr. William Jean Randall, Director of Music

Friday, March 3

Performance time: 7:30 p.m.
Dublin Presbyterian Church
5775 Dublinshire Drive
Dublin, Ohio 43017
Hosted by: Betsy (Bacon) Grodhaus, '80

Saturday, March 4

Performance time: 7:00 p.m.
Fountain City United Methodist Church
212 Hotel Road
Knoxville, Tennessee 37918
Hosted by: Leslie Graves,Director of Music

Sunday, March 5

Worship service: 11:15 a.m.
Peachtree Road United
Methodist Church
3180 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
Hosted by: Ruth Somerville, Music and Arts Administrator

Sunday, March 5

Performance time: 7:00 p.m.
Porterfield Memorial United
Methodist Church
2200 Dawson Road
Albany, Georgia 31707
Hosted by: Rose Palazzolo

Monday, March 6

Performance time: 7:00 p.m.
Allendale United Methodist Church
3803 Haines Road North
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33703
Hosted by: Rev. Andy Oliver, Pastor

Tuesday, March 7

Detroit Tigers Spring Training
Game 1:05 p.m.
National Anthem Performance
Publix Field at
Joker Marchant Stadium
Al Kaline Drive
2301 Lake Hills Blvd.
Lakeland, Florida 33805
Hosted by: Dan Lauer

Register now

Kindly direct questions to 517/629-1835 or email . All tour concerts are free to the public.

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