Institutional Review Board

Research Covered by and Exempt from Review


To comply with the federal guidelines covering the protection of research subjects, and to ensure appropriate ethical management of research programs conducted by Wofford faculty, staff, and students, all funded and unfunded research proposals involving any risk to human subjects falls within the jurisdiction of the IRB. The center representative will be responsible for determining whether the research should be reviewed or is exempt. If additional information/clarification is necessary, the IRB Chair or the Office of Grants and Contracts should be contacted.

Research Covered by Review

Research which has potential risk to subjects includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Research Exempt from Review

Research which is regarded as not having potential risk to subjects includes the following:

Moreover, the IRB will conduct continuing review of research being undertaken with human subjects by faculty, staff, and students in accordance with the policies and procedures outlined in this manual at intervals appropriate to the degree of risk, but not less than once per year for the life of the project. See the section on Continuation/Renewal under Types of Review.

In the event research is undertaken without the intention of involving human subjects, and subsequently the researcher wishes to involve human subjects in the research, the research must be reviewed by the IRB in accordance with the policies and procedures outlined in this manual. A certification official notification by an institution to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that all research involving human subjects has been reviewed by the IRB will be submitted to the appropriate funding department/agency for final approval (See Certification under Certifications and Records.)


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