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IRB Responsibility Matrix

Please consult the following for staff contacts regarding IRB inquiries:

  • IRB (Institutional Review Board) - For questions, inquiries, modification requests, and other issues regarding the IRB, please contact Interim IRB Administrator Rebecca Rinehart - (please CC

  • IRB Submissions & Training - To submit new study applications (including Standard and Existing Data applications, K-12 and Oral History forms) or for questions about IRB training, please contact

  • IACUC (Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee) - For all questions about animal care on campus and/or the IACUC, please contact IACUC Chair David McClenahan -

  • RIO (Research Integrity Officer) - To report questionable research practices or incidences of observed or suspected misconduct, please contact the UNI RIO, Associate VP of Research Jennifer Waldron -

  • Other -  For all other questions on any topic not covered above, please contact the Director of RSP Tolif Hunt -



Resuming Face-to-Face (F2F) Research

Although all researchers are asked to continue remote/virtual data collection, starting Monday, August 3, 2020, F2F is permissible with IRB approval. As resuming F2F data collection or changing to remote/virtual data collection would be considered a study modification, this request must be sent to Rebecca Rinehart, Interim IRB Administrator at (please CC for review and approval before being implemented. 



Face-to-Face (F2F) Data Collection and Risk

Risk of exposure to COVID-19 during data collection follows OSHA, CDC, and UNI guidelines.

High-risk face-to-face data collection is generally restricted at UNI. High-risk F2F data collection means a high potential for exposure to known or suspected sources of COVID-19, including:

  • Aerosol-generating procedures
    • Exercising (e.g., VO2 max)
    • Inducing cough, sneeze, or strong exhale (e.g., spirometer)
  • Specimen collection that may generate a cough or a sneeze
  • Contact with individuals who have or were exposed to COVID-19

Those scholars who wish to pursue high-risk F2F data collection may contact David Oesterle, UNI Environmental Health and Safety, extension 3-7491, to complete a hazard assessment. A determination that the data could be collected would allow scholars to submit an IRB protocol. The scholar must include the hazard assessment agreement with the IRB submission. The IRB makes the final approval of the study. If the hazard assessment discovers F2F data collection is not feasible due to risk, the scholar will either (a) change data collection or (b) postpone data collection until it is safer.  

Medium risk face-to-face data collection will occur on a case-by-case basis at UNI. The ability to engage in medium risk face-to-face data collection is dependent on the degree of risk and the researcher’s ability to mitigate the risk. Researchers should contact the IRB Administrator before submitting their IRB application to determine feasibility. 

  • Medium exposure risk includes frequent or close contact with people who are not known nor suspected of being infected with COVID-19, including:
    • Specimen collection
    • Interaction with the general public
      • Interviews
      • Survey collection

Low-risk face-to-face data collection is unrestricted at UNI. Researchers will seek IRB approval and add mitigation strategies as needed.

  • Low exposure risk includes no contact nor close contact with people who are known or suspected of being infected with COVID-19, including:
    • Secondary data
    • Data already collected for a different purpose
      • Typical classroom activity
      • Typical weight-room activity


Information about the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Protections for Human Research Participants


IRB Training

IRB Forms and Samples

IRB Members

IRB Meeting Schedule


IRB Policies and Procedures

I. Administration

Background and Principles
Governmental Oversight and Regulations
IRB Scope and Authority
Roles and Responsibilities (Institution and IRB)
Board Composition
IRB Meetings


II. IRB Review Process and Considerations


III. After Approval

Continuing Review and Project Closure
Study Modifications
Reporting Problems


General Questions

You have submitted your IRB Application. What happens next? (PDF)
Frequently Asked Questions


Resources for Researchers

Primer for Reporting Data while Maintaining Confidentiality (PDF) - This is Chapter 2 of a report by the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology that describes how to protect confidentiality or privacy of participants when reporting statistical data from research studies.

International Compilation of Human Research Standards (PDF) - The Compilation features listings of over 1,000 laws, regulations, and guidelines on human subject protections in 113 countries, as well as standards issued by a number of international and regional organizations.
International Compilation of Social & Behavioral Research Standards - This listing covers standards for conducting social and behavioral research in 27 countries. 

Questions concerning processing of IRB protocols or research projects involving human subjects should be directed to the Interim IRB Administrator Rebecca Rinehart,