Guidance in Response to COVID-19
PLANS FOR RESTARTING HUMAN SUBJECTS RESEARCH
As TU plans for the return to campus, the IRB is beginning to field questions about
when in-person research can begin. The IRB will continue to advise that research be
conducted remotely whenever possible. The IRB is working to develop guidelines and
requirements for in-person research. These plans will be shared with the Return to
Research committee before being finalized.
At this time, no in-person research with human subjects may take place. Until TU returns to full occupancy, both previously approved projects and new projects
proposing in-person interactions will need to elaborate plans to minimize risks to
human subjects in the context of COVID-19. The IRB will provide guidance to investigators
specific to minimize risk to human subjects. Until that guidance is finalized, amendments
and new applications for in-person research will be reviewed but final approval will
not be given.
Thank you for your patience as we develop these requirements. The IRB looks forward
to working with the research community to make sure proper protections are in place
for the investigators, university, and participants before in-person research resumes.
MOVING STUDIES TO AN ONLINE PROCESS
The IRB has issued the following guidance for IRB approved studies that need to move online for data collection.
OSPR is working with the IRB to expedite COVID-19 related protocols as quickly as
possible. If you have a COVID-19 protocol, please make sure to include a reference to this in
the title so staff is aware of the type of research being conducted. Although we are doing our best to expedite these as quickly as possible, approvals ultimately rely on the completeness of the application, timeliness of the
PI returning any revisions, and reviewer approval.