The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research is the first point of contact regarding human subjects research at (or involving) Towson University faculty, staff or students.
To minimize risk to human subjects, all research should be conducted remotely whenever possible. However, for those instances when remote research is not possible, the below guidelines should assist with the preparation and review of applications for research involving human subjects during periods when COVID-19 restrictions are in place.
For complete detail and step-by-step instructions, follow the guidance posted below:
The IRB has issued the following guidance for IRB approved studies that need to move online for data collection. This information is also applicable to new online research studies that are being submitted for IRB review.
The IRB continues to strive to respond to protocols in a timely manner, however, delays may occur given the unique situation.
Ultimately, protocol approvals rely on the completeness of the application, timeliness of the PI returning any revisions, and reviewer approval. We sincerely appreciate your understanding and look forward to working with you.
The use of human subjects in Towson University faculty, staff or student research requires approval by the appropriate university review committee, the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB is appointed by the Provost, and is comprised of volunteers from TU’s faculty and staff, and at least one member of the community. The IRB is responsible for reviewing research involving human subjects to ensure compliance with all governmental regulations with the use of human subjects. Approval of the IRB must be obtained prior to the involvement of human subjects in research, and for any modifications to the project after IRB approval which would impact the human participants.
Applicable federal regulations are detailed in Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46.
Have questions that may be related to your academic major or discipline? Contact your IRB college representative.