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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 intent of 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 IRB office to discuss your project or you can email the IRB 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 IRB application for review.   Failure to submit an application for research that requires Institutional Review Board review can leave the researcher subject to liability and can prevent the publication of the research results.