FAQs

What does exempt protocol mean?

There are six categories of research which, under certain conditions, can be exempted from IRB review. To determine if your study is exempt, please review the category descriptions on the Exempt Protocol Review.

What does expedited review mean?

Expedited review of a protocol means that a protocol that normally would be required to come to the full IRB board is reviewed by the Chair of the IRB, or by a subcommittee of the IRB to shorten the time frame for approval. Expedited reviews will be permitted for single-semester student-as-PI research. Professors who teach courses that require single-semester research should submit protocols to the IRB Secretary, Barbara Cook with a cover letter stating the course and professor’s name and ask for expedited review

How long should I keep my data?

The IRB requires that data be kept for a minimum of five years after the completion of the study.The IRB does not require that data be destroyed.

What if I cannot attend the IRB meeting?

Attendance at the IRB meeting in which your protocol will be reviewed is not mandatory. However, if a number of questions arise about your protocol the board will table the discussion and take it up again when you are able to attend. Please remember, the IRB only meets on the third Wednesday of each month.

What about HIPAA regulations?

As of April 14, 2003, research at Barry University will fall under the regulations of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). All investigators are required to meet the regulations for privacy as outlined by the HIPAA Memorandum on the HIPAA forms page. Ongoing investigators may also need to revise participant consents and should review the HIPAA Authorization memo for details. If you are collecting individually identifying (personal) information, you are required to follow HIPAA Guidelines.

When can I begin my study?

You may begin your study only after you receive the approval letter from the IRB office.