All student research is subject to IRB review following guidelines outlined in Illinois State University Policy for the Protection of Human Research Subjects. Class research projects (including independent studies) require review by the IRB only if they are intended for generalization (e.g., publishing, presenting, or archiving), contain more than minimal risk encountered every day, or involve a protected class of citizens (e.g., mentally incapacitated persons, children, prisoners, pregnant women, or economically or educationally disadvantaged persons).
Class-only projects that may be disseminated in the future must be reviewed (e.g., student research symposia). IRB review must occur prior to any data collection.
Class projects designed to “practice” systematic investigation techniques need not be reviewed when they involve supervised training of new members of a profession. Examples include teacher trainees practicing evaluation, clinical interns practicing assessment or diagnosis, and student journalism reporters practicing interviewing, etc. These activities should still communicate applicable or reasonable elements of informed consent (e.g., institutional affiliation, purpose of investigation, risks, benefits, voluntary participation, permission to withdraw, etc.). (See page 24-25 of the Policy and Procedures Manual.)