Student Researchers

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Researchers

All SU faculty, staff and students must obtain written IRB verification before beginning any aspect of a study (including recruitment) involving collecting information from or about living individuals (unless publicly available). The IRB cannot provide a retroactive determination under any circumstances, even if the project would otherwise meet exemption or Not Human Participant Research criteria.

Students might engage in human participant research activities in different ways:

  • As part of a course, students might conduct minimal-risk human participant research overseen by a faculty member, who coordinates with the IRB on behalf of all students. (Faculty may consult this guidance page.)
  • An SU student might serve as Primary/Principal Investigator (PI) on a research project involving human participants (such as an Honors, Capstone, or dissertation project). In these cases, the student should submit a protocol application directly to the IRB after consulting and working closely with an SU faculty or staff adviser. (Faculty/staff advisers of student researchers should consult this guidance page.)

>> IRB Guidelines and Flow Chart for Doctor of Nursing Practice Students.

Guidance for Doctor of Nursing Practice Students and Faculty Advisers

Carefully review the IRB/DNP decision tree to determine required steps.  If your project will need further IRB consideration, complete the IRB DNP project form.

To avoid delays or returned submissions, review all IRB guidance carefully. Be sure your faculty mentor and clinical site supervisor (if relevant) have reviewed your completed form and provided signatures before submitting. (The IRB will not process incomplete forms or those missing signatures.)

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