Expedited Review

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) will provide expedited review for proposed research that presents no more than minimal risk to human subjects and consists of:

a) 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, and social behavior); or

b) research employing survey, interview, oral history, focus group, program evaluation, human factors evaluation or quality assurance methodologies; or

c) other research for which expedited review is authorized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Excluded from Receiving Expedited Review

No expedited review shall be available if identification of the subjects or their responses would reasonably place them at risk of criminal or civil liability or be damaging to the subjects' financial standing, employability, insurability, reputation, or be stigmatizing, unless reasonable and appropriate protections will be implemented so that risks related to invasion of privacy and breach of confidentiality are no greater than minimal.

Expedited Review Procedure

Every expedited review shall be conducted by the chairperson, or by one or more experienced reviewers designated by the chairperson from among the members of the IRB, in accordance with 45 CFR 46.110.

In reviewing the proposed research, the reviewers may exercise all of the authorities of the IRB, except that they may not disapprove the research. A research activity may be disapproved only after the full IRB review.

Proposed research shall be deemed approved by the IRB when it is approved by the designated reviewer or reviewers and by the chairperson. Investigators shall receive both e-mail and hardcopy notification of approval and faculty supervisors shall by promptly notified by e-mail.

Similar notification to investigators and faculty supervisors shall follow all other IRB reviews.

Expedited approval actions shall be summarized in writing by the chair or his/her designated representative. These summaries shall be delivered to all IRB members prior to each IRB meeting (held monthly during the academic year), at which time any IRB member may request a full IRB review and reconsideration of any expedited review action.