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Re: Woods Defamation Campaign

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.


>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

Tyler Kokjohn

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