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Frederick G. Kohun, Ph.D.
University Professor of Computer & Information Systems
Computer and Information Systems

kohun@rmu.edu
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When to Submit to the IRB
  1. The work/project/task conducted does not have to be submitted to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) if the project meets the following two criteria:

    1. The project is conducted "only for" educational purposes such as outcome assessment surveys, in-class surveys, exit interviews, and
    2. It is not designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge, hence the results and findings are not published in any public sources e.g. journals, proceedings.

  2. The work/project/task conducted must be submitted to IRB if the project conducted is "research" as defined in the federal guidelines (¿46.102 Definitions):

    1. Research means a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Activities which meet this definition constitute research for purposes of this policy, whether or not they are conducted or supported under a program which is considered research for other purposes. For example, some demonstration and service programs may include research activities.

  3. The work/project/task conducted must be submitted to IRB if the project is "research" as defined in the federal guidelines; however, the research may still be "exempt" from following federal guidelines. Faculty who believe the work/project/task is exempt submit an abbreviated description of the project. An "expedited/exempt review" is conducted by the expedite/exempt review team, comprised of the IRB Chair and the Vice-Chair. The expedite/exempt review team determines if the research is exempt and take the following actions:

    1. If the research is exempt the team will provide a letter of review indicating the research is exempt.
    2. If the research is not exempt the team will request a full review by the IRB committee.

Research proposals submitted for full board review must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the scheduled IRB Committee meeting.