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COVID19 update - The IRB continues to operate remotely.
Safe Resumption of Face to Face Human Subjects Research
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institutional Review Board has continued to operate remotely. As the University is forging plans for the safe resumption of on-campus courses and operational functions (see the University's requirements for returning to research), the IRB has developed a risk-based matrix to ensure safe re-engagement of human subjects in research involving interpersonal, face-to-face interactions. The re-engagement framework is organized around benefits of participants, researchers, and the University and will closely follow the University’s phased return guidelines (Return-to-Workplace Guide) based on maintaining proper social distancing, the availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and cleaning and disinfecting supplies.
Research with remote procedures is preferable during the current phase. Beginning Monday, June 8, researchers who plan to engage or re-engage human subjects for research involving in-person interactions will need to submit an application or amendment to a previously approved application to the IRB at firstname.lastname@example.org using the current IRB form. The information needs to include realistic timeline expectations (including the IRB review and approval), thorough assessment of risks, and description of safety plans that align with the CDC Reopening Guide. Contact the IRB at email@example.com for questions regarding resumption of human subjects research.
The IRB functions to ensure that research involving human participants is carried out in an ethical manner. The principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice must be utilized.
To use human participants or their private information in your research, you must complete human subject training offered via CITI and submit an application for review and approval to the IRB Chair.
Reviews of Exempt and Expedited projects occur throughout the year outside of the IRB meetings. Generally, the IRB requires 2-4 weeks to review and approve an exempt or expedited review category project that does not require extensive modifications. More complicated projects or those submitted during high work load periods could take 8 weeks for review. Full board reviews are only accomplished on the second Friday of the month during Fall and Spring semesters, unless the date conflicts with scheduled holidays. Submissions for Full Board review must be received 2 weeks prior to the meeting date. If you do not receive an acknowledgement of application receipt within 5 business days, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications undergo pre-review to determine that all the necessary items for review are present. Applications requiring additional information will be returned to allow the submitter to provide the additional information.
After reviewing the IRB General Guidelines, questions involving policies and procedures can be directed to the Chair or the Director of the Office of Research Integrity. If you are unsure whether your research involves human subjects, please try the "Do I need IRB review" checklist or ask the Chair. Applications should be sent to the Chair two months before initiation of research.
Class projects utilizing human subjects have a shortened review procedure. Please see the page for Classroom Human Subjects Research.
Information and Forms
NOTE - Google Forms cannot be used for surveys. The Google Drive Terms of Service specifically states it cannot be used for business and Google owns all content loaded into Google Drive.
UL Lafayette provides access to OneDrive for secure storage of electronic files that can be accessed from Home or Office by the owner of the file and anyone that person shares the file or folder with. This should be used to protect data instead of storing files on flash drives or portable hard drives. To learn more about this resource, see the IT help page on OneDrive.
Dr. Hung-Chu Lin, Chair
Dr. Heather Stone,Vice-Chair
Dr. Robin Broussard, Coordinator
Schedule of Meetings
2nd Friday of the month at 10 am for applications requiring full board review.
A representative who can discuss the project objectives and answer questions is required to attend.
Am I doing Human Subjects Research NIH Questionnaire? Note - determinations of "exempt from federal regulations" must be made by the IRB. Please submit an application.