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These are some of the questions to think about when it comes to writing and submitting your research study:

  1. Will you be collecting data directly through intervention or interaction with people, such as interviews, procedures, or questionnaires?
  2. Will you be collecting data indirectly about individuals from an existing source of data?
  3. Will the data you collect be linkable to an individual by name or any other identifier, or by deductive reasoning?
  4. Will the data you collect be used now or at a later time as part of a research project?
  5. Does the data you plan to collect involve children, prisoners, persons with diminished mental capacity, persons in a residential program, or clients of a human service program?
  1. Is the intentof the project to conduct a systematic investigation in order to contribute to generalizable knowledge?  
  2. Is the project part of a written honors project, thesis, or dissertation or will the results of the research be published in a peer-reviewed journal?

Items that are considered not human subjects research:

  1. Oral histories
  2. Biographies
  3. Autobiographies

 If you are unsure if your research requires submission of an application, please contact the HSC office to discuss your project or you can email the Human Subjects Coordinator a very detailed email communication of what exactly you will be doing in your research, who are  your potential subjects, and what you plan to do with the data or you can fill out and submit an HSC application for review.   Failure to submit an application for research that requires Human Subjects Committee review can leave the researcher subject to liability and prevent the publication of the research results.

To submit a project for review, first familiarize yourself with the committee procedures and fill out and submit a Human Subjects Research Application. (Researchers, please note: Some aspects of the committee procedures have recently been revised; see the last three sections of that document in particular.)