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, principal investigators are encouraged to conduct research remotely whenever possible. When conducting in-person research, principal investigators are expected to adhere to University, State, and Federal guidelines including relevant CDC guidance that are in place at the time the research is occurring.
Investigators should ensure that consent documents inform participants of risks that may be associated with engaging in human subjects research. The language below would be a suitable statement:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a risk of infection. Protocols are in place that minimize risk, including pre-screening and cleaning. Although being fully vaccinated may reduce this risk, we cannot guarantee that all participants or staff have been vaccinated. As such, we recommend that you continue to take appropriate precautions such as wearing a mask throughout the duration of the study.
The COVID-19: Back to Campus and COVID-19: Insights for Higher Ed Leaders CITI Training courses are still available if you would like additional training for managing the risks associated with COVID-19 as we return to campus. Log in with your TU NetID and password.
To ensure that data collection remains anonymous for anonymous studies, be sure to set up the survey so that it does not collect IP addresses. In addition, please add the following required language into the confidentiality section of the consent form (and fill in the appropriate information where indicated):
If you have an IRB approved study that you want to move online for data collection, please see additional guidance from the IRB.
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.