Notice Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all ongoing research involving human subjects that uses in-person interviews/focus groups or participant observation, done either at the College or elsewhere, must immediately stop using these data collection techniques until further notice. This applies to all ongoing research requiring an exempt, expedited, or full IRB review. For senior theses that will end this Spring and other ongoing research, data collection can continue remotely, via Zoom, Teams, or Qualtrics. You must provide a brief amendment to the IRB if you change data collection from in-person to remote data gathering.
Until further notice, new IRB applications with any face-to-face data collection may be approved but with the condition that they cannot begin until after the restrictions are lifted. Notification of the resumption of face-to-face data collection will be posted on the IRB website. In the meantime, we urge you to use Qualtrics for surveys or Zoom or Teams for recorded interviews and observations. While no absolute guarantees can be made regarding data security, Zoom, Teams, and Qualtrics provide safeguards against hacking, with encrypted connections to their host providers and data storage in password protected files, accessible only to the researchers and system administrators.
Zoom provides the option to store files in the cloud. Do not select this option. Store these data on a password protected computer or preferably on the College’s OneDrive.
If you have questions, you may reach out to the IRB via firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your flexibility in these highly unusual times.
Please continue to check the IRB website for updates about the lifting of face to face data collection restrictions and any other news.
Fall 2020 IRB Meetings:
October 2, 2020 at 12:30 PM
December 11, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Spring 2021 Meeting dates will be posted in early January 2021.