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Institutional Review Board

Does my research require an IRB review?

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews research with human participants. However, while the IRB and the University think that most activities that gather information from people should be guided by similar principles, not all such activities come under IRB purview. In our Topics section, we provide examples of activities and research exempt from IRB review. In these cases you do not need to submit any forms to the IRB, although you may always opt to do so if you want to make sure your work meets the usual standards for research with human participants. 

Our online questionnaire will help you determine whether your activity requires a prior review by the IRB, and if so, which form you will need to submit. Because we separate research into different categories depending on various factors, we need to ask you a few questions before we can point you in the right direction.