Do I need IRB Approval?
If your research project involves you interacting with living people in any way, you may need IRB approval before you begin. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Kenyon College is a committee that reviews research involving human subjects in order to ensure that the rights and welfare of human subjects are protected. Federal law and Kenyon College policy mandate that all biomedical and social/behavioral research involving human subjects must receive IRB approval prior to the start of the research.
(effective Jan. 21, 2019)
(1) Scholarly and journalistic activities (e.g., oral history, journalism, biography, literary criticism, legal research, and historical scholarship), including the collection and use of information, that focus directly on the specific individuals about whom the information is collected.
(2) Public health surveillance activities, including the collection and testing of information or biospecimens, conducted, supported, requested, ordered, required, or authorized by a public health authority. Such activities are limited to those necessary to allow a public health authority to identify, monitor, assess, or investigate potential public health signals, onsets of disease outbreaks, or conditions of public health importance (including trends, signals, risk factors, patterns in diseases, or increases in injuries from using consumer products). Such activities include those associated with providing timely situational awareness and priority setting during the course of an event or crisis that threatens public health (including natural or man-made disasters).
(3) Collection and analysis of information, biospecimens, or records by or for a criminal justice agency for activities authorized by law or court order solely for criminal justice or criminal investigative purposes.
(4) Authorized operational activities (as determined by each agency) in support of intelligence, homeland security, defense, or other national security missions.
Training: see kenyon.edu/directories/offices-services/office-of-the-provost/conducting-research-at-kenyon/citi-programs-for-research-education. A completed application form (protocol) A Consent Form/Process Additional Supporting Documents (questionnaires, interview questions, surveys) If you plan to conduct research at sites that are not affiliated with Kenyon College (such as a private or public grade school, a medical clinic, or an employer’s offices), you will need to provide a letter of permission showing that someone in a position of authority at that site agreed to allow you to conduct research at the site. Signed Assurance Page (deliver to Bailey House, send in campus mail, or send a scanned copy to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Check the links below for help with developing an IRB application for particular types of research you are planning and additional resources for research compliance.
Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement (QA/QI) studies (Departmental Alumni