The IRB recognizes that an important aspect of a college education is for students to engage in innovative classroom projects assigned by their instructor. In many cases these projects may involve participation in human subjects research. If human subjects are involved, these classroom projects must be reviewed by the IRB.
Classroom projects may include: questionnaires, interviews, or other interactions with individuals, such as those commonly used in a research methods course. Depending on the nature of the assignment/s, the IRB may grant a general approval for the assignment or a series of assignments.
The course instructor must complete the required online training (all review levels)
There must be an informed consent process for all subjects. If the students of the class are the subjects, they must not be compelled to provide data concerning themselves. A student may still participate in the research activity without having his or her responses included in data. No All-stu recruitment or surveys with out IRB approval.
Recommended for lower level research training courses and classroom curricula projects, especially introductory courses, in which students are exposed to or learn about research techniques and methodologies for research involving human subjects but do not actually do research outside of the classroom/dept. and the results are not used outside of the classroom.
(the "Exempt" determination means exempt from further review if all aspects of the protocol remain the same)
Recommended for lower/mid level research methodology courses
Recommended for mid to upper level research training/methodology courses.