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Institutional Review Board

Review Categories

1. Exempt from Federal Regulation
Research activities involving human subjects in which there is minimal or no risk and in which the only involvement of human subjects would be in one of the categories described in the IRB Policies document found on the main page of this website may be considered by the IRB Office to be exempt from Federal regulation. Projects that qualify for exempt status must, however, receive formal IRB certification of such exempt status. This certification serves as an assurance that the project 1) qualifies for exempt status in accordance with federal regulations, and 2) is designed to ensure that the rights and welfare of human subjects are protected.

2. Expedited Review
Research activities involving no more than minimal risk and in which the only involvement of human subjects will be in one or more of the categories listed in the IRB Policies document found on the main page of this website will be scheduled for expedited review. In this procedure, three members of the IRB review the project and vote for approval, approval pending modifications, or disapproval. If two out of three reviewers vote disapproval, the project must go to the full board for review.

3. Full Board Review
All projects involving human subjects that do not qualify for exempt or expedited review must be reviewed by the full IRB at an official meeting. After the IRB chairperson determines that the "Request for IRB Review" requires this procedure, the researcher is informed that the project will be reviewed at the next scheduled IRB meeting. The researcher will be invited to attend this meeting to answer any questions the board may have regarding the project.