While all research projects are different, the IRB has developed a number of guidance documents for Investigators relating to issues the IRB frequently encounters. Please review the Special Guidance documents listed below to see if any apply to your individual project.
- Are you a student who wishes to conduct an independent research project where you will serve as the Principal Investigator?
Please see the IRB's policy for Individually Supervised Student Research.
- Are you a faculty member or an instructor and you want your students to conduct a class project that will involve human subjects?
Please see the IRB's policy for Instructor Facilitated Classroom Projects Involving Human Participants.
- Are you going to be conducting an oral history research project and need more information to determine whether the IRB needs to review your research?
Please see the IRB's Guidelines for Oral History Interview Projects.
- Will you be asking participants to provide you with information about illegal activities (including drug and alcohol usage) or information that if released could be damaging to a participants reputation, financial standing, employability?
Please review the IRB's guidance on Certificates of Confidentiality that can be granted to Investigators to provide protection from being compelled to disclose identifying information about participants in legal proceedings.
- Will you be recruiting participants from a cooperating institution?
Please see the IRB's Requirements for Letters from Cooperating Institutions.
- Will you be conducting online surveys?
Please see the IRB's policy for Online Surveys.
- Do you want to recruit LUC participants by mass email to participate in an online survey?
If you would like the Office of Institutional Research or Informational Technology Services to provide you with a list of student, faculty, and/or staff email addresses, please see the IRB's Policy for Recruiting LUC Research Participants by Email.
- Will you be conducting research or collecting data from Chicago Public Schools?
Please visit Chicago Public Schools Research Review Board's website for their guidelines for researchers wishing to conduct research at CPS.
- Will your participant population include prisoners, detainees, or individuals on parole or probation?
Please see the IRB's guidance on conducting Research with Prisoners.
- Are you a non-LUC researcher?
Please see the IRB's guidance for Outside Investigators.