Research Assistance

Department Specific Information

Exempt Review


The following questions are used by the IRB to determine whether or not a study falls into the exempt review category. These questions are provided to give you insight into the review process. Typically, if you can answer yes to any of the below questions, the study will not be exempt from IRB review.

Please note: The IRB carefully reviews each application to determine the level of review required. Only the IRB can make this determination.

General Approval Timeline: 1 Month

Research involving Special Populations

  1. Does your research involve adults who cannot give legal consent (ex., mentally retarded or some chronic mentally ill)?

  2. Does your research involve pregnant women, fetuses, or prisoners?

  3. Does your research use surveys or interview procedures with children (Note: Do not confuse category 2(a) with surveys and interviews. Answer yes only if your methods involve more than educational testing)?

  4. Does your research method involve the observation of children in settings where the investigator(s) will participate in the activities being observed?

Research using Survey Procedures, Interview Procedures, Observational Procedures or Questionnaires

(Note: exemption is not allowed in surveys or interviews with children)

  1. Is there potential harm to subjects if the information is revealed or disclosed?

  2. Will data include sensitive information (e.g. illegal activities, sexual orientation, sexual behavior, undesirable work behavior, mental health, or other information that may be painful or very embarrassing to reveal, such as death of a family member, memories of physical abuse)?

For Research using Pre-existing or Archived Data, Documents, Records, or Specimens

  1. Will any additional data, documents, records or specimens be collected from subjects after the submission of this application?

  2. Is the investigator recording the pre-existing data in such a manner that subjects can be identified, directly or indirectly?