Resources & Guidance

All Institutional Review Board (IRB) documents and guidance forms can be found below. 

Resources

Guidance for In-Person Human Subjects Research

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 COVID-19 Risks/Discomfort that may be associated with engaging in human subjects research. The language below would be a suitable statement:

PIs are expected to adhere to University guidelines for research conducted on campus and to adhere to site-specific requirements when conducting research at off-campus locations. 

You may also visit the Office of the Provost or Health & Safety Protocols for information on the Return to Research phases.

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.

Guidance for Conducting Online Research

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):

The data are being collected via the online platform <specify>. To address any concerns you may have about the confidentiality of data collected in this manner, please see <specify the company’s> Data Privacy Policy at <include the URL here>. You should specifically look at the section entitled, <direct participants to the relevant section of the data privacy policy>. Please note that although we, the researchers, will not be collecting information that could identify you, only you can fully guarantee the security of the data you provide. You are encouraged to take the survey in a private location where others are unable to see your responses.

If you have an IRB approved study that you want to move online for data collection, please see additional guidance from the IRB. 

Aerobic Testing Guidance

DXA Guidance

In 2017, the IRB approved Dual energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA) as a procedure and determined that protocols do not automatically require full board review. However, depending upon the specifics of the study, full board review may be required. Recently the committee reviewed and approved the following DXA consent forms. Note that investigators must first secure approval for the procedure from the DXA Committee before submitting to the IRB. Contact the Kinesiology Department for more information. 

Post-Approval Documents

*Some research may use incentives to entice study participation. Generally, to be reimbursed for payments to participants, Accounts Payable requires an acknowledgement form from participants to verify that they have received their incentive payment. However, in the case of anonymous studies where participants’ identities are unidentifiable, this is not attainable. Principal Investigators (PIs) may use the above form to substitute the required information.

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