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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Does my research need IRB approval?

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Your answers to these questions will help you decide if you should submit your proposal to the IRB:

Many investigators are not sure if they should submit their proposal to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Although Minnesota State University requires that all research involving human participants be submitted to the IRB, the decision as to whether to submit is not as easy as it seems.

When you respond to each of the questions listed below, additional information will be provided to you about whether you should apply to the IRB. It is best to respond to the questions in order.

1. Are humans being observed, manipulated, or analyzed in this research? Y N
2. Does the research involve obtaining information about living individuals? Y N
3. Will the investigation involve the observation of individuals who can be identified? Y N
4. Will the investigation involve interaction or intervention with participants/subjects? Y N
5. Are the investigators observing or recording behaviors or in a context that individuals expect to be private (i.e., not observed or recorded)? Y N
DISSEMINATION (i.e., What do you plan to do with the results of the research when the project is completed?):    
6. Will the results of the investigation be presented outside the classroom? Y N
7. Is there a plan to submit the results of the investigation for publication or presentation at a meeting or conference? Y N