Please review the following institutional policies before designing your study.
Student researchers must be enrolled in an active NU dissertation course during data collection. However, students do not have to be enrolled to use IRB services, write or obtain their IRB supplemental documents, write their IRB application, or submit their IRB application for review.
Student researchers may not use NU Commons to recruit participants for their research. If you obtain NU Site Permission, then you can request access to resources, but these are not guaranteed.
The NU IRB cannot review or approve studies that involve clinical research or require any type of FDA review or oversight.
The researcher will need to redesign their study or find an independent IRB outside of NU that has AAHRP accreditation and is willing to review their application at the researcher's expense. Researchers should understand that independent IRBs can be costly, and their approval is not guaranteed.
The NU IRB can only support research in countries that are listed in the International Compilation of Human Research Standards.
If the researcher and/or the potential participants will be on-the-ground in a country that is not listed in the International Compilation of Human Research Standards, the NU IRB cannot review or approve the study. The researcher will need to redesign their study or find an independent IRB outside of NU that has AAHRP accreditation and is willing to review their application at the researcher's expense. Researchers should understand that independent IRBs can be costly, and their approval is not guaranteed.
NU researchers cannot pay or retain third-party companies (Qualtrics, SurveyMonkey, MTurk, Prolific, etc.) to recruit participants and/or distribute data instruments if any of the following are true (even if the company states they can meet the researcher's request):
If a researcher wants to pay a third-party company to recruit participants or distribute instruments, the IRB must first review the data instrument and intended participant population. The IRB may determine that a researcher cannot pay or retain a third-party company for their proposed study.
Students who are conducting research studies outside of their program requirements must have a faculty mentor or faculty chair who will be the Principal Investigator (PI), complete and submit the IRB application, and be responsible for oversight of the study. The PI may add the student researcher as a collaborator.
If a student is engaged in more than one research project, an additional document must be submitted with the IRB application that contains the following information:
This document must be uploaded to the “Additional Documents” section within the IRB application. There must be full transparency for all faculty to make informed decisions. Students must also follow any policies from their schools regarding student research.
The role of the IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of human participants as per the Belmont Report. This protection refers not only to reducing coercion and physical/mental risk but also ensuring inclusive data collection plans for participants and an equitable application process for researchers.
The IRB values all differences, including age, country of origin, disability, impairment, ethnicity, gender identity, marital status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or veteran status.
In inclusive data collection, marginalized groups have an opportunity to participate in research; study materials and research activities are accessible to participants of various abilities, disabilities, or impairments; and the data collection plan is not offensive, harmful, or burdensome to marginalized groups.
The NU IRB will consider the following when reviewing all applications:
The NU IRB can recommend or require changes to data collection plans that it deems to be not inclusive.
The NU IRB acknowledges its responsibility to ensure that the IRB process is inclusive to all NU faculty, staff, and students who wish to conduct research.