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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 faculty members.

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

1. The projects do not include human subjects.

 Yes        No

2. The projects involve research--that is, gathering of new information that can be generalized to other persons or groups. 

  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 be presented only within the classroom or at a College at Brockport-based workshop, such as Scholars Day.  That is, the research will not be presented at a conference 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 approval.

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 6/30/15