ASU Institutional Review Board (IRB)
COVID-19 AND HUMAN SUBJECTS RESEARCH AT ALBAMA STATE UNIVERSITY
Alabama State University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) provides ethical review of human subjects research to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects of research. The IRB also seeks to assure that human research is conducted according to applicable federal and state laws and regulations and the relevant policies of the Research Protection Program.
As it is the responsibility of the IRB to ensure minimum risk to research participants, after careful consideration, ASU's IRB will not be granting permission to undergraduate students to conduct in-person field studies due to concerns regarding COVID-19. Additionally, due to the current shelter in place orders, a mandatory halt of some research activities that involve in-person interactions with participants will be in effect until May 15, 2020.
The IRB will continue reviewing protocols submitted to the IRB for both undergraduate and graduate students.
ASU’s research that meets one of more of the following criteria may occur or continue:
- A significant likelihood of direct and meaningful benefit for individual participants
- A necessary in-person safety monitoring procedure
- Research for which all in-person interactions can occur in the context of a needed clinical care visit.
- Studies involving in-person interactions that can all be eliminated or modified to appropriate remote interactions that don’t compromise participant safety or the scientific integrity of the research.
We will continue to monitor this situation closely and provide guidance to both faculty and staff. If you have additional questions or concerns, you may email the IRB at email@example.com or contact the following:
Dr. Brenda I. Gill, Chair
334-604-9182 or 904-318-0497
Dr. Gulnaz Javan, Vice-Chair
334-604-8130 or 678-733-1907
IRB Member Roster click here
The IRB meets every 3rd Thursday. Click here for the schedule
Institutional Review Board Research Protection Program Policies and Procedures click here
Submitting Documents to the IRB
Before using the Institutional Review Board forms, checklists, and templates, please read the guidance on Submitting to the IRB by clicking here
Click here to access all documents
Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI)-Required Training in the Protection of Human Participants
It is the policy of the IRB that all personnel involved in the conduct of human participant research must receive training in the protection of human participants from Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI).
To access instructions for completing CITI click here
All materials must be submitted in one PDF file to the IRB electronically through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alabama State University participates in multiple agreements that provide flexibility for researchers when working with collaborators at other institutions. Institutions must formally rely on another for IRB review utilizing an institutional Agreement (IA). Alabama State University has taken the initiative to become a member of SMART IRB. SMART IRB is a platform which institutions may use to rely upon each other for IRB review. By utilizing SMART IRB, additional agreements are not necessary between multiple sites, thereby reducing requirements to route additional paperwork. For additional information on the SMART IRB process, go < https://smartirb.org/participating-institutions/> and select Alabama State University from the list.
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