Human Research Participant Protection Program
The IIRP Graduate School has established an Assurance of Compliance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations governing research involving human subjects. Since research comprises a vital part of graduate education and research may involve human subjects, graduate students must be aware of their responsibilities.
All research involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the IIRP Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to the initiation of the research.
The human subjects regulations extend into the classroom and youth counseling settings so that graduate students with teaching and counseling assignments as well as those engaged in research should carefully observe these constraints and protections. Copies of the Assurance and Compliance and HHS regulations (45 CFR 46) may be obtained from the Vice President for Administration. (IIRP Research Involving Human Subjects Policy)
Depending on the type of research planned, students/researchers must submit an application form to the IRB prior to commencing work on the study or project.
- Exempt: For projects that involve reviewing your own responses to using restorative practices within the context of coursework; appropriate for the majority of student research projects
- Expedited review: Use for research with human subjects when no potential violation of research ethics is anticipated
- Full research review: When interaction with human subjects will exceed the criteria above
These documents will help you identify which level is appropriate to your circumstances, and steps you must take for your IRB review.
- IRB Procedure 1: Determining whether a research activity needs IRB review and approval
- IRB Procedure 2: Submission requirements and procedures for exemption from IRB review
View a graphic of the IRB Decision Tree.
Your course instructor will provide additional details in your Moodle course module.
NIH Certification Course
Before beginning any research, students must take and complete the online course Protecting Human Research Participants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research.
The course is free, but registration is required. Allow approximately three hours for completion. When finished, you will be issued an NIH certificate number, which you must submit as part of your IRB review paperwork.
Take the NIH Protecting Human Research Participants course.
- Request for exemption from IRB review ("Exempt" form)
- Expedited IRB review
- Full IRB research review
- Cover letter - Template for communicating with potential research subjects. Include information indicated in red; can customize as needed
- Informed Consent (Minimum Risk) form - For securing subjects' permission to participate in the study, with explanation of risks and benefits