1. What is an exempt study?
Please review the IRB policies and procedures to determine if your study is exempt or expedited. Most anonymous surveys that "do no harm" are considered exempt. They are reviewed by the Chair or designate, approved as exempt and promptly returned to the researcher. Common educational studies that do not link subjects to their data are also often exempt. Stricter controls are placed over studies that work with children. Again, refer back to the procedures found on the home page.
2. What kind of letterhead should I use for my cover letter or informed consent document?
This varies from division to division. The IRB recommends that divisions provide the student with letterhead that clearly designates the purpose as "student research." This lends credibility to the document and also recognizes the division or department that is encouraging the study. See your advisor to determine how to procede.
If you have other questions, please contact Dr. Robert Reed at:
Phone: 412- 578-6349
Fax : 412-578-6357 (to the attention of Dr. Reed)
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