Does my project need to be reviewed?
- Your research is defined by a systematic investigation
- Your research has as its goal the generation of generalizable or universal knowledge.
- Your research involves human participants.
I'm doing a class project. Does it have to be reviewed?
Does my Senior Project have to be reviewed?
If your Senior Project or any other project at Bard falls into the category of “regulated research” as defined elsewhere on this website then it requires IRB review and approval.
What is meant by "minimal risk" and why does it matter to the IRB?
What exactly constitutes "deception" and why does it matter to the IRB?
- An example of a study using deception: A researcher misleads participants into believing that they will be speaking in front of a crowd in order to raise and measure the participants' stress level, when in fact they never actually speak in front of a crowd.
- An example of a study NOT using deception: A researcher informs participants that they will be answering survey questions about a variety of subjects. The researcher lists those subjects. The researcher then uses the resulting survey data to draw specific conclusions about the relationship between only two of the ten variables included in the survey.
What is meant by "exempt review"? If research is exempt, why is it reviewed?
Why do you talk about "human research participants"? Is this the same as "human subjects"?
The phrases "human subjects" and "human research participants" can be used interchangeably. The disadvantage of using the term "human subjects" is that it objectifies the people who have volunteered to take part in the research.
Why aren't all scholarly activities that involve human participants covered by the IRB?
In the interview and blood sample examples above, what is actually being done in projects that need to be reviewed or don't need to be reviewed seems very similar.
The purpose of IRBs is quite specific to protecting the rights of people who have volunteered to participate in scientific studies. The ethics and practices that have evolved in fields such as journalism or artistic endeavors are somewhat different and simply outside the scope of this committee.
Who do I talk to if I'm not sure if my project needs to be reviewed?
What do I do with my completed proposal?
If you still have questions, please contact the IRB at [email protected].
What do I do if I am a student and my adviser has not yet approved my proposal?
Your faculty adviser must approve your project proposal (the final copy that is identical to the one you will submit) before the IRB can review your proposal.