In-Person Human Subjects Research

Update To COVID-19 Safety Protocols For In-Person Research

On a continual basis, the University has monitored the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and believes it is now safe to relax the existing COVID-19 safety protocols for in-person research. Please refer to the table below for a summary of the newly revised guidelines for the specified general risk categories for human subjects research.

Risk Category Safety Protocols
Research that does not require in-person interaction or intervention with a human research participant
  • All research activities can be conducted remotely through the use of online survey, video conferencing, telephone, etc.
  • No special safety precautions are required
Research that requires in-person interaction or intervention but does not involve physical contact or close contact
  • The investigator must align COVID-19 safety protocols with current UNE Onward guidance and make an attestation within their research protocol that they will adhere to all current UNE Onward COVID-19 protocols for the duration of their research project
  • The use of the Participant Screening Questionnaire is not required
Research that requires in-person interaction or intervention but does involve physical contact or close contact
  • The investigator must align COVID-19 safety protocols with current UNE Onward guidance and make an attestation within their research protocol that they will adhere to all current UNE Onward COVID-19 protocols for the duration of their research project
  • The use of the Participant Screening Questionnaire is not required

Any in-person research in which: 
Researchers or participants are over 65 years of age, or have certain underlying conditions that does or may place them at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, as set forth in contemporary CDC guidance

and/or

Situations where the research involves interaction or intervention in which there is a heightened risk of COVID-19 exposure

  • Applies to research conducted on campus and off campus
  • The investigator must align COVID-19 safety protocols with current UNE Onward guidance and make an attestation within their research protocol that they will adhere to all current UNE Onward COVID-19 protocols for the duration of their research project
  • The use of the Participant Screening Questionnaire is required. If the Participant answers Yes to any of the screening questions, the research visit cannot happen.

Download the Screening Questionnaire for Participants

Meeting schedule

All meetings begin at 2 p.m. (unless specified)

  • June 21, 2022 at 12:30 p.m.
  • July 19, 2022 at 12:30 p.m.
  • August 16, 2022 at 12:30 p.m.
  • September 14, 2022
  • October 12, 2022
  • November 9, 2022
  • December 14, 2022

If you are submitting a protocol to be reviewed at one of the above meeting dates, the complete submission must be received at least 14 days prior to the scheduled meeting date. Submissions arriving after the submission deadlines above will be reviewed at the next month's scheduled meeting.

Contact

Board email

irb@une.edu

Chair

Julie Peterson
jpeterson6@une.edu
 

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