Policies and Procedures

The Institutional Review Board aims to provide clear information for following Bemidji State University policies and procedures regarding proposals and human subjects research.

Institutional Review Board Policies and Procedures,
Updated February 2016

When Do I need IRB Approval?

You will need IRB approval if your project or research deals with human subjects as described in code of Federal Regulations, 45 CFR 46.102f.

For more details, check the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website: http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/guidance/45cfr46.html#46.102

All researchers (faculty, staff, or students) using or collecting information about human subjects to conduct research are required to have approval from the IRB before research is initiated.* The IRB, not the investigator, is responsible to determine whether the research qualifies for exemption or approval.

All researchers should receive IRB approval to be in compliance with federal regulations regarding the ethical treatment of human subjects. Projects must be approved by the IRB regardless of the source of funds.

When Is IRB Approval Not Required?

The following activities typically do not require IRB approval unless intended for use in current/future research, publication, or presentation:

  • Collecting information for course and/or instructor evaluations
  • Collecting information collected for student evaluations
  • Collecting information for program improvement, evaluation, or accreditation
  • Collecting information for employee/staff evaluations

Remember, if this data collection will be used for a conference presentation or a scholarly publication, IRB approval must be obtained prior to conducting the research. Researchers are encouraged to contact the IRB if they have questions about whether their project requires approval or not.

* Any research conducted without approval from the Human Subject Committee will not be positively sanctioned by Bemidji State University.

See “When do you need IRB approval?” for additional details.
Description Approved by IRB 3‐3‐2015