From: Tyler Kokjohn <tkokjo.nul> Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:02:48 -0700 Archived: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 07:01:13 -0500 Subject: Re: Woods Defamation Campaign >From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:54:32 +0000 >Subject: Re: Woods Defamation Campaign >>From: Emma Woods <e.woods33.nul> >>To: post.nul >>Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2011 20:57:39 -0800 (PST) >>Subject: Woods Defamation Campaign >First and foremost to the issue of the institution's >responsibility to the human subject: Dr. Jacobs, quite possibly, >because he does not practice medicine, was unaware he needed to >design his protocol, including an ICF, according to Fed Regs >governing human subjects. <snip> >Third, he was not doing research and therefore the IRB - never >saw nor approved his protocol - and had no jurisdiction over >him. Temple was correct in their response. Ms. Kasten - I absolutely agree with you that it is possible Dr. Jacobs was unaware of his responsibilities. Having a little experience dealing with IRBs, I also feel it is probable they (the IRB and University administrators) had no awareness of his activities. My reason is simple - the Temple University IRB is undoubtedly staffed with thoroughly competent professionals and the documents presented by Emma would have never passed muster with them. Just how effective an ignorance defense might be for a professional is an interesting question. The issue of whether or not Dr. Jacobs was doing research is not so clear to me for much depends on how one parses the definitions. The University has deflected the issue by maintaining he was taking oral histories. But under some circumstances even oral histories might pose risks and may be subject to IRB scrutiny. Should questions regarding exemptions arise, the IRB has jurisdiction and makes the determination. I do understand how the IRB, the History Department chairman and higher administration might not have known what Dr. Jacobs was doing. After Emma's complaint reached them, I am baffled. Polite debates over research definitions, oral histories, jurisdiction and whether he operated within the narrow confines of the official rules all become rather academic distractions in light of her meticulously documented allegations of serious misconduct. Unfortunately, the full facts are still known to only a few. Based on the University response, Dr. Jacobs seems to be in the clear. If there was no wrongdoing and there will be no book, perhaps he will release his session recordings, reveal how he has been defamed and bring this sad story to a definitive conclusion. Tyler Kokjohn Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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