Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently asked Questions

  1. When is an institution considered to be “engaged in research”?
  2. Who is covered by a Federalwide Assurance?
  3. Do the human research regulations apply to non-U.S. institutions?
  4. Who are “investigators”?
  5. What are investigators’ responsibilities during the conduct of an approved research study?
  6. Are investigators responsible for obtaining and documenting informed consent?
  7. Are investigators responsible for obtaining continuing review of research?
  8. What records should investigators keep, and for how long?
  9. What is informed consent and when, why, and how must it be obtained?
  10. What are the basic elements of informed consent?
  11. What does it mean to minimize the possibility of coercion or undue influence?
  12. What constitutes coercion or undue influence when students are involved in research in a college or university setting?
  13. What constitutes coercion or undue influence when employees are the subjects of research?
  14. Can an electronic signature be used to document consent or parental permission?
  15. Is a faxed copy of the signed consent or parental permission form acceptable to document informed consent?
  16. What are the criteria under 45 CFR 46.116(c) for waving or altering some or all of the required elements of informed consent or parental permission?
  17. When may the requirement for documentation of informed consent or parental permission be waived or altered?
  18. How do the human subject research regulations define “children”?
  19. Do both parents need to provide permission for their child to participate in research?
  20. What is child assent, and how do the requirements vary with the age of the research subjects?
  21. What happens if a child reaches the legal age of consent while enrolled in a study?
  22. I’m a PVAMU student interested in conducting my own research project do I need IRB approval before I can begin?
  23. Can I be listed as the Lead Researcher on the IRB Application?
  24. Should I submit a new IRB application, or be added to my Faculty Advisor’s protocol?
  25. Is IRB review necessary if my study involves anonymous surveys or interviews?
  26. What categories of Research may be reviewed by the IRB through an Expedited Review Process?
  27. How do I apply for IRB review?
  28. How long does it take to obtain IRB Approval/Registration?
  29. How will I be notified when my IRB application is approved?
  30. How long is my approval good for?

I’m a PVAMU student interested in conducting my own research project do I need IRB approval before I can begin?

Yes. Students conducting human subjects’ research require IRB approval or registration before they can initiate their project. Please consult with the Office of Research Compliance staff if you are unsure whether your project constitutes human subjects research.

Can I be listed as the Lead Researcher on the IRB Application?

Yes. PVAMU doctoral students can be Lead Researchers/Investigators on human subjects’ protocols with Faculty Advisors identified on the protocol. Faculty Sponsorship is required for all research applications from outside investigators that desire access to the university student population.

Should I submit a new IRB application, or be added to my Faculty Advisor’s protocol?

When a student’s research project consists of the collection and/or analysis of data that is part of the scope of an existing faculty member’s IRB approved research, the student can be added to the Faculty member’s protocol, rather than submitting as Lead Researcher on a new IRB Application.

Is IRB review necessary if my study involves anonymous surveys or interviews?

Yes. An application is required if you plan to conduct anonymous survey or interview research.

How do I apply for IRB review?

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How long does it take to obtain IRB Approval/Registration?

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How will I be notified when my IRB application is approved?

An official IRB approval letter will be sent by e-mail to the Principal Investigator when all requirements are met, according to the IRB deliberations. If you are listed on a full Committee protocol, deliberations from the IRB meeting are sent within a week of the IRB meeting via e-mail.

How long is my approval good for?

Most full Committee protocols are approved for one year from the date of approval (the IRB may grant a shorter approval period). Continuation of an approved protocol requires submission of the Continuing Protocol Application. A research protocol is registered for three years and requires a yearly update. Continuation of a protocol beyond three years requires submission of a new IRB Application.

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