Research Involving Human Subjects: IRB Procedures for Students

Research Involving Human Subjects: IRB Procedures for Students

All research conducted for academic purposes and public dissemination that involves human subjects or personally identifiable data must receive the approval of the University of Virginia Institutional Review Board (IRB). 

 

Batten student policy projects typically do not fall into this category, although exceptions do arise. Students do not need to seek IRB approval when conducting a policy project for a client that has no academic research intentions. In other words, if the sole purpose of the project is to fulfill a Batten degree requirement by collecting data, analyzing the data, and sharing the analysis with the client, students do not need to go through the IRB approval process. Students should consult with their instructor to determine whether the IRB process is a necessary step.

Students must seek their own protocol unless the research falls under an existing protocol for that client.  Students should consult with their instructor or research director for advice.

If IRB approval is required, students must take the following steps:

1.       Download the Archival Data Form.

2.       Complete the form, obtain the instructor’s signature, and submit it to the IRB as indicated on the form. 

3.       Complete an online CITI training course.

4.       The IRB will determine whether the research requires IRB review or is exempted.

Please contact Bronwyn Blackwood, Director of the IRB for the Social and Behavioral Sciences, with questions.

434-243-2915
blb2u@virginia.edu