Faculty Research

Faculty Research Projects

Faculty research involving human subjects will require IRB review. In most cases, faculty research will be "fast-tracked" for review.

If you have questions about obtaining IRB approval or would like guidance on how to submit a complete application, please contact the IRB.

Class Assignments

Class assignments are usually not intended to (or are not likely to) lead to generalizable results. As such, class projects are typically not considered research.

However, students and instructors should review the guidelines below to ensure that IRB review is not needed for a class assignment. If you are still unsure after reading the guidelines, contact the IRB.


Class assignments that meet the below criteria do not need to be submitted for IRB review:

  • Course specific/related research projects and/or directed studies
  • Does not involve physically or psychologically invasive, intrusive, or stressful procedures
  • In the judgment of the class instructor/sponsor, does not have the potential for placing the subjects at more than minimal risk
  • Does not involve special populations, including:
    • Persons unable to give legal consent
    • Minors
    • Prisoners
    • Mentally disabled persons
    • Pregnant women
    • Fetuses
    • Economically or educationally disadvantaged
    • Subordinates

The IRB has prepared a checklist to determine if a class project will need IRB review.

Please note: If there is any doubt as to whether the class project should be reviewed by the committee, please contact the IRB.

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