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Research Ethics & Compliance: Research Ethics Review Process

Research Ethics Review Process




Student completes Form A to enable IRB to provide tailored guidance: After the University Research Review (URR) phase has begun, each student will be individually invited via email to complete the online Form A (Description of Data Sources and Partner Sites) to request IRB guidance on which forms/documentation will be needed for that study’s particular data sources and partner sites. The final page of the webform automatically gives the student tentative guidance (based on the responses entered into Form A) and an IRB staff member follows up via email to confirm exactly which forms and site documentation that project will need.

** DNP students use a different Form A (Description of Data Sources and Partner Sites) and follow the directions within.



Student completes docs that IRB requested in Step 1 and works out ethical issues prior to proposal approval: As directed by IRB, student submits forms and site approval documentation (if applicable). IRB will then provide its Preliminary Ethics Feedback service, providing written feedback until the materials meet the university’s ethical standards. The IRB’s goal is to help the student get ethical/site documentation challenges worked out in advance to minimize the amount of correspondence and revisions needed during the IRB’s official review (which occurs after proposal approval).



Student and IRB close the loop after proposal approval: Shortly after proposal approval is documented in Taskstream, IRB reaches out to student and chair to confirm whether any of the data collection procedures or sites described in the forms need updating as a result of changes made during the final URR/defense steps. The IRB’s approval is issued once the IRB approves the changes (or confirmation is received that no changes were made).


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Directions for faculty/staff research and non-doctoral studies are the same as above, but without the proposal approval step or step 3.