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IRB Frequently Asked Questions
The IRB honors students' rights of free expression in the production of journalistic and documentary film projects that attempt to inform or entertain audiences or -- in some cases -- advocate certain positions. The questions asked in such projects need not undergo IRB review. Journalists and film-makers are reminded the ethics of informing subjects of publicity about the possible risks of expressing their opinions publicly. The use of signed waivers is encouraged.
There are rare times, though, when journalists and film-makers should consider submission to IRB:
-- When at any point the project directly or indirectly attempts to generalize findings to a larger population.
-- When the questions posed to human subjects go beyond seeking their opinion and into areas where the subjects' self-disclosure could put them at risk.
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If you are conducting IRB approved research on campus and need participants, you may post your research on the Research Board in Quinlan Hall next to QH320. Please include the following information:
Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are federally-mandated, locally-administered groups charged with evaluating risks and benefits of human participant research at their institution
American Psychological Association
American Sociological Association
United States Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Resources for Research Ethics Education
Food and Drug Administration