In light of 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 which 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.
New applications, Human Subject Training (see blue link), and other forms for students, faculty, and staff should be sent to the IRB Chair by May 6 for review in the final IRB meeting on May 15.
Per usual, reporting on continuing research and research that is terminating this Spring should also be sent to the IRB Chair by May 6 for review in the May 15 meeting. Continuation and Termination Forms are located on the IRB website. Termination forms for all graduating students must be received by May 15.
If you have questions, please be in touch with Leslie Alexander, Acting Chair of the Bryn Mawr College IRB (firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-520-2635) or any member of the IRB. We appreciate your flexibility in these highly unusual times.
Please check the IRB website about the lifting of face to face data collection restrictions and any other news.