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Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) - Guidelines for Class Projects Involving Human Subjects

These guidelines are intended to assist instructors in determining when class projects meet the definition of research with human subjects and require review by the University of Maine’s Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (i.e., IRB).

For questions or additional guidance, contact the IRB Office at 1-1498.

For clarification, the following are NOT class projects; if they involve human subjects, they are considered research and must be reviewed and approved by the IRB:

Terms

Review Procedures

 Training Requirements

 Instructors assigning class projects are required to complete the IRB training tutorial.

Instructors’ Responsibilities

If the class project meets the definition of research:

The instructor should meet with the student to prepare the human subjects review application.

If the class project does not meet the definition of research:

website Link to Human Subjects Information

Information on research with human subjects is found at:  http://www.umaine.edu/research/research-compliance/institutional-review-board-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects-irb/.  This includes the Policy, application form, the tutorial, and other useful information.

Any class project that meets the definition of research or involves protected populations or sensitive information must be reviewed and approved by the IRB (contact person:  Gayle Jones, 581-1498; First Class).  Approval cannot be granted retroactively under anycircumstances for any research project.

We would like to acknowledge the use of IRB guidelines on class-related projects from both Pennsylvania State University and Duke University.


Information to Include in Email Postings or Verbal Scripts for Informed Consent

When information is collected for a class project that does not meet the definition of research (as defined by the federal regulations) and does not require approval by the IRB, it is still important to “inform” the participants about the class project, whether posted as an email message or presented verbally in person.  Make sure the participant is told:

Protected Populations/Sensitive Information

*Protected Populations – Examples include, but are not limited to:

*Sensitive Information – Examples include, but are not limited to:

*Instructors/students who are unsure of whether a proposed project involves a protected population or sensitive information should contact the IRB Office at 1-1498.

Please see flow chart for assistance with the decision-making process (Word Document)

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