IRB - Track 2

Class-based research, not for dissemination 

Many in-class projects that use human subjects are not systematic or generalizable -- i.e. they are not intended to use surveys, tests, or evaluation in order further generalizable knowledge in the field via publication or another form of dissemination outside of the classroom. Instead, they are intended to fulfill part of a course requirement. This style of class research project does not fit the technical definition of "research" as spelled out in federal code 45cfr46. Therefore, such projects do not need to be submitted for IRB review. It is crucial, however, that such class research projects be conducted in a manner that (i) protects the confidentiality of participants, (ii) is not coercive, (iii) aligns with the procedures established by the Rocky Mountain College IRB, and (iv) aligns with the ethical standards associated with the field of inquiry (e.g. for a psychology class, these would be American Psychological Association ethical standards).

Click here to read the technical definition of "research" as spelled out in federal code 45cfr46.

Use this form to notify the IRB of your intent to conduct in-class research.

 
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