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Classroom Based Student Research Projects

The purpose of the classroom-based student research review is to streamline the process used by faculty who wish to have their students conduct minimal risk research as part of a course. Please note that this is applicable only for classroom projects.

Use the following to see if your student projects need IRB review.

1. The projects includes human subjects.

 Yes        No

2. The projects are primarily being used as a teaching tool.

  Yes       No

3. The research subjects are at least 18 years old (e.g., not minors).

  Yes       No

4. The data are being recorded anonymously so responses cannot be linked to an individual subject.

  Yes       No

5. The research involves little to no risk (physical, psychological, social, or financial).

  Yes       No

6. The research will not be submitted to or presented at a professional conference (including Scholars Day and/or SURC) or published in a professional journal/magazine/ newsletter.

  Yes       No

7. The research is limited to one or more of the following groups: 1) survey, interview, oral history, observation of public behavior, focus group OR 2) the collection or study of existing data, documents, or records that are publicly available.

  Yes       No

8. The data collected in this research is being used only by a student for this project and not being used in any faculty research study.

  Yes       No

9. As the faculty member overseeing student research, I have completed the CITI human subjects protections course and will review issues of confidentiality with students conducting classroom-based research.

Please note: Instructors are encouraged to have students conducting classroom-based research to complete the CITI course.

  Yes       No

If you answered ‘yes’ to ALL of the above statements, your students may complete their classroom-based research project without IRB submission or approval. However, students are required to follow all human subjects protection protocols. The faculty is ultimately responsible for ensuring students abide by these protocols.

If you were not able to answer "yes" to all the statements, your students will need to complete a regular IRB proposal.

Please contact the IRB office with further questions.

Last Updated 9/1/15