All faculty, staff and student research projects involving the use of human subjects must be reviewed by the IRB. Special attention should be given to research that puts the subject at risk (i.e. carries some probability of harm to the subject). Examples of harm include, but are not limited to, embarrassment, emotional distress, loss of respect or reputation, loss of employment, ridicule, or, in general, any circumstance where the subject's interests may be adversely affected, whether or not the subject is aware of potential harm.
Examples of non-exempt research are projects that:
Some projects may qualify for "Exempt from Further Review" status:
Anonymous opinion research such as interviews, surveys or questionnaires on innocuous topics that do not link the subjects to the research and do not ask the subjects to reveal anything about their own personal experiences, behavior or identity may qualify as exempt from further review. Examples might include, but are not limited to, opinions of political candidates or issues, opinions of products, environmental issues or policies, or preferences.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email Human Subjects IRB at firstname.lastname@example.org.