List of Exemptions

The following types of research involving new data gathering from live human subjects may be exempt from IRB review. If you believe that one or more of these describes your research, then click on the relevant link(s) to continue the flowchart.

  1. Research, conducted in established or commonly accepted educational settings, that specifically involves normal educational practices that are not likely to adversely impact students’ opportunity to learn required educational content or the assessment of educators who provide instruction.
  2. Research that only includes interactions involving educational tests (cognitive, diagnostic, aptitude, achievement), survey procedures, interview procedures, or observation of public behavior (including visual or auditory recording).
  3. Research involving benign behavioral interventions in conjunction with the collection of information from an adult subject through verbal or written responses (including data entry) or audiovisual recording.
  4. Secondary research.
  5. Research and demonstration projects designed to study, evaluate, improve, or otherwise examine public benefit or service programs.
  6. Taste and food quality evaluation and consumer acceptance studies.

If your research meets one of these exemption categories but involves in-person data collection then you must explain how you are addressing issues related to COVID-19 before you may begin this work.  To do this you must complete the appropriate form below.  Similarly, if you would like formal notice from the IRB that your work is approved as meeting an exemption category (whether this work involves in-person data collection or not) then you should also complete the appropriate form below.

Exemption Category 1 – Educational Settings

Exemption Category 2 – Tests, Surveys, Public Behavior

Exemption Category 3 – Benign Behavioral Interventions

Exemption Category 4 – Secondary research

Exemption Category 5 – Public benefit or service programs

Exemption Category 6 – Taste and food quality

Note regarding research involving prisoners: Research whose human subject population consists entirely or substantially of prisoners cannot be exempted from IRB review. The exemptions above can only apply to research involving a broader subject population that only incidentally includes prisoners (e.g., a survey that is widely disseminated, some of whose respondents happen to be incarcerated). If your research substantially involves prisoners, please proceed to the IRB application forms.

If none of the above appear to describe your research, then your research is not exempt and must be reviewed by the IRB. Please proceed to the IRB application forms.