IRB Protocol Management through IRB Mentor
As of April 2021, the Bryn Mawr College IRB has moved its management of IRB protocols to a web-based system called IRB Mentor. Submission of protocols through this system is now required. Please review the user guides uploaded under the forms section of this webpage or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any other questions.
Fall 2021 IRB Meetings:
Fall 2021 meeting dates will be posted in August 2021.
It is anticipated that the first meeting of the Fall Semester will take place in the third week of September. Any full review protocols must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the meeting. Please contact email@example.com to confirm submission deadlines.
COVID-19 Pandemic Guidelines
For Summer 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic is still on-going as cases are rising in some places. However, the Bryn Mawr IRB recognizes that many safe guards are in place and vaccination is increasing. At this time the IRB requests that researchers from the Bryn Mawr community continue to use remote methods for data collection, such as Zoom, Teams, or Qualtrics, whenever possible. However, the IRB will consider requests for an exception of this on a case-by-case basis. We recommend that researchers contact us with a short description of their requested exception prior to submitting their protocol or amendment. We will strive to provide feedback in advance, which may speed up review time. Please submit these requests via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updates to this policy will be provided via this website, as they become available. In the meantime, we recommend that all researchers consider that there will be differing levels of comfort amongst any participants in their study when planning their study.
New IRB applications with future face-to-face data collection may be approved but with the condition that they cannot begin until the college restrictions are fully lifted. Again, 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 email@example.com. 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.