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COVID-19 virus information for human subjects researchers

RSP and the Associate Provost for Research have issued guidance for researchers at UNI dealing with COVID-19 and its implications.  The guidance document outlines ideas, resources, procedural adjustments and contingency planning considerations for researchers across campus. The guidance includes a specific section about human subjects research.  For example, researchers may no longer use in-person recruitment, consent, and/or data collection procedures, until further notice.  If you have an urgent need to physically meet with participants, please contact the IRB Chair Todd Evans or IRB Administrator Anita Gordon.  Also in the guidance document, you will find some suggestions for how to conduct recruitment, consent, and study administration remotely.  If you have questions or need assistance in planning revised procedures, don't hesitate to contact us.  All study modifications must still be approved in advance.  To obtain approval, email your revisions to Dr. Evans or Dr. Gordon, and you will receive a response within a couple of days. Since we already operate electronically, the IRB will continue to function as usual for the foreseeable future.   


IRB Training

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IRB Members

IRB Meeting Schedule


IRB Policies and Procedures - Updated January, 2017

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 IRB Administrator Anita Gordon, Director of Research Ethics, or 319-273-6148.