To comply with Federal regulations and SU policies, all SU affiliates must submit any proposal involving human participants to the SU Institutional Review Board (IRB), which will assess and help mitigate physical, psychological, legal, and/or social risks by establishing protections reflecting best practices in human participant research and University guidelines.
Currently, no restrictions exist on in-person data collection. However, we ask all researchers to use their best judgment and discretion about spacing, masking, and sanitation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the IRB at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-296-2585.
Before creating your consent documents, read the guidance section on the Informed Consent process.
To ensure all required informed consent elements are present, we encourage researchers to use these sample templates. However, you may edit the templates or submit an alternate consent form to meet the needs of your particular research study.
When you have an individual other than the researcher involved in data collection, you need to ensure they know their responsibilities to keep all participants' responses confidential. You should include a version of these templates with your protocol submission and then obtain a signed copy from the translator/interpreter for your protocol files.
Certain methodologies, populations, or settings require greater consideration with regard to mitigating risk. These appendices solicit more specific information, which enables IRB reviewers to better assess risk to participants and offer recommendations for mitigation.
After you begin your protocol, you still have IRB-related responsibilities to make sure our oversight continues appropriately. These forms will help you make sure that you remain in compliance with SU and Federal policies. For more information, see .