For all inquiry projects
Ethics Plan For Inquiries Involving People
This form addresses the basic ethical provisions that all investigators need to build into their project designs, whatever the type of project being undertaken. It should be completed by any St. Olaf investigator conducting any kind of inquiry project studying people. If a project involves non-St. Olaf participants, dissemination outside St. Olaf, greater than minimum risk, or vulnerable subjects (see below), a completed ethics plan must be attached to the Request for IRB Advice or Application for IRB Review.
For most inquiry projects
Project Information for Participants worksheet
Unless an investigator is analyzing existing data previously gathered by someone else, the investigator will need to prepare project information for prospective participants. This worksheet will assist investigators in preparing complete project information, and must be attached to the ethics plan (along with the project information to be provided to the participants) to facilitate review of the project by an instructor, supervisor, or IRB member.
Authorization to Contact Prospective Participants form
Many inquiry projects involve recruitment of prospective participants from an institution or organization (e.g., a college, a public school, a social service agency, a community organization, a faith community, etc.). Investigators need permission from an appropriate individual to use the organization’s information to contact prospective participants.
For inquiry projects involving non-St. Olaf participants or dissemination outside St. Olaf
Request for IRB advice
A Request for IRB Advice form should be completed by a St. Olaf faculty or staff member who is conducting or supervising an inquiry project for the first time that reaches beyond St. Olaf. Such projects may involve non-St. Olaf participants, may result in dissemination to audiences outside St. Olaf (e.g., a report to a community organization, presentation to a conference, a publication on the web), or both. Investigators and their supervisors must complete appropriate training prior to submitting a Request for IRB Advice. The Request is to be submitted by a St. Olaf faculty or staff member to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with the Ethics Plan and all other attachments as appropriate to the project, and the advice must be received and considered by the investigator before prospective participants are contacted.
For inquiry projects involving greater than minimum risk or focused on the study of vulnerable subjects
Application for IRB review
One or more members of the St. Olaf IRB must review and approve projects that pose greater than minimum risk to project participants, or that focus on the study of individuals who may be vulnerable to coercion or undue influence, such as children under age 18, economically or educationally disadvantaged persons, and other groups specified in federal regulations for protecting human subjects. Investigators (and supervisor, if applicable)must complete appropriate training prior to submitting an Application for IRB Review. The Application must be submitted by a St. Olaf faculty or staff member to email@example.com, along with the Ethics Plan and all other attachments as appropriate to the project, and the investigator (and supervisor, if applicable) must be notified of IRB approval before prospective participants are contacted.