Human subjects research conducted by ISU faculty, staff, or students must receive approval from the ISU IRB prior to beginning the research. In some cases, such as collaborative work with other institutions, approval may be granted from another IRB.
Human subjects research is defined as a systematic investigation where:
Researchers must submit these studies for approval by the IRB through Cayuse IRB (now called Human Ethics). The Revised Common Rule includes information on research that no longer requires IRB review. If you are unsure as to whether or not your study meets the definition of human subjects research, please reach out to the Human Subjects Research Specialist. To help guide you, some specific examples of what would not need review is provided below.
Please note that broader use of the activities listed below may require review by the IRB. Additional information on student-led research is also covered in a separate section below.
Certain activities conducted by students to meet course requirements may not require IRB review. It is expected that these activities still follow the spirit of the regulations by informing participants of the nature of the activity and obtaining their agreement to participate. Participants should also be informed that these activities are classroom exercises and not formal research studies.
Students conducting research projects or program assessments that are only intended to meet course requirements can do so without IRB approval under these conditions:
For more information on these terms, please contact email@example.com.
Retroactive approval of data originally collected for research purposes is prohibited by federal regulations. If students desire to use data collected as part of a course requirement beyond the classroom or the Symposium, IRB review and approval must be obtained prior to beginning any human subjects research activities (recruitment, consent, data collection, etc.).
It is recommended that posters and presentations of student research projects not undergoing IRB review include a statement indicating that the project has not been approved by the IRB and is not intended for generalization.
Student research conducted for thesis and dissertation purposes must be reviewed by the IRB. The student must be named as a co-PI on the IRB protocol.
Other Student-led Research
Capstone projects, DNP projects, and other student-led research may or may not require IRB approval depending on departmental requirements for generalizability. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in determining requirements.