General Exemption From Approval
Registration For Exempt Projects
Research involving human subjects is specifically exempt from the prior approval of
the IRB if any of the following conditions apply:
- Only observational or survey techniques are used, in public settings or in settings
in which in ordinary life outside the research protocol there is no reasonable expectation
of privacy or confidentiality.
- The research uses only testing or other techniques ordinarily used in an educational
- The anticipated probability and magnitude of harm or discomfort to the subjects or
participants in the research are not greater in and of themselves than those ordinarily
encountered in daily life or during the performance of routine physical or psychological
examinations or tests.
A faculty member who requires students to undertake research on human subjects, which
research is believed to fall under the provisions for general exemption from prior
review specified above, shall:
- Provide to every research student a written protocol establishing parameters for the
research that will ensure that the research shall be and remain within the provisions
- Provide a copy of this protocol to the IRB before the research begins
After submitting this form, please provide the IRB with a copy of this protocol. The
copy can be submitted to the chair of the IRB, Dr. Melissa Caraway.