Research Involving Human Subjects Process

Step 1: If your research activity includes ANY of the following conditions - go directly to the question – How do I apply for full review?

  • Survey or interview techniques which include minors (under 18 years of age) as subjects
  • Research involving the observation of the public behavior of minors (under 18 years of age)
  • Prisoners, fetuses, pregnant women or human in vitro fertilization
  • The deception of subjects
  • Techniques which expose the subject to discomfort or harassment beyond levels encountered in daily life (the research activity presents more than minimal risk)
  • Identification of subjects/responses would reasonably place them at risk of criminal or civil liability or be damaging to the subjects financial standing, employability, insurability, reputation, or be stigmatizing, unless reasonable and appropriate protections will be implemented so that risks related to invasion of privacy and breach of confidentiality are no greater than minimal.
  • Classified research involving human subjects.

Step 2: If you do not answer "YES" to any of the above listed conditions, determine which review application process below to follow.

Step 3: Review these criteria to see if your research can be approved by your department.

Step 4: If your department cannot approve your research, determine if your research should follow the expedited review process.

Step 5: If your research does not meet the exempt or expedited review criteria, follow the full review process.