IRB

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Ethical Aspects of Archival Research

Considerations

Will the study use pre-existing public records (e.g., court or police records)?

  • If yes, describe what type of records will be gathered, where the files are kept, and who will gather the information.

Will the study use pre-existing private records (e.g., medical, employment, insurance, school records)?

  • If yes, describe what type of records will be gathered, where the files are kept, and who will gather the information.

Confidentiality of Archival Data

Is there an expectation of privacy associated with the data?

  • If yes, be sure to describe how you have obtained permission to use this data.
  • If you are unsure, contact the IRB office.

How are subjects protected from being directly or indirectly identified?

  • Data coding or the use of assigned identifiers is often an important safeguard.

For more information, visit the IRB's confidentiality page.