IRB - Institutional Review Board

Exempt Review Criteria

 
 

Exempt applications must be submitted through the Cayuse system (email submissions will not be accepted): https://fortlewis.cayuse424.com/rs/irb*

Exempt application instructions and questions can be found on the following documents:  

Exempt Instructions              Exempt Application Questions

Most exempt applicationt use Implied Consent. The purpose of the Implied Consent document is to offer your participants the opportunity to make an informed decision about whether or not they would like to participate in your research project.  The Implied Consent document should be written at the 9th grade level and should be directed towards the participant. Implied Consent

*Students should check with their instructor to see if they have been added to the Cayuse system. If not, go to this website www.fortlewis.edu/irbsignup to register. Once you login through CAS, you should receive an email confirming your registration and granting you access to Cayuse within 24 hours


In order to qualify for exemption, all of the project activity must qualify as one or more categories from the left column below.  To qualify for a category, a project must meet the conditions to the right of the category.  

Category Conditions
(1) Research conducted in established or commonly accepted educational settings, involving normal educational practices, such as:
(a) Research on regular and special education instructional strategies,
OR
(b) Research on the effectiveness of or the comparison among instructional techniques, curricula, or classroom management methods.

(2) Research involving the use of educational tests (cognitive, diagnostic, aptitude, achievement), survey procedures, interview procedures or observation of public behavior, if:
 
NOTE:  all three conditions must apply.

(a)  Information obtained is recorded in such a manner that human subjects cannot be identified, directly or through identifiers linked to the subjects;
AND
(b) Any disclosure of the human subjects' responses outside the research would not reasonably place the subjects at risk of criminal or civil liability or be damaging to the subject's financial standing, employability, or reputation;  
AND
(c) Subjects are not under the age of 18 or members of a vulnerable class, including prisoners, pregnant women, individuals who are mentally disabled or economically or educationally disadvantaged.
 

 


(3) Research involving the use of educational tests (cognitive, diagnostic, aptitude, achievement), survey procedures, interview procedures, or observation of public behavior that is not exempt under paragraph (2) above if:

 


(a) The human subjects are elected or appointed public officials or candidates for public office;
OR
(b) Federal statutes(s) require(s) without exception that the confidentiality of the personally identifiable information will be maintained throughout the research and thereafter.

(4) Research, involving the collection or study of existing data, documents, records, pathological specimens, or diagnostic specimens, if:

 

 


(a) These sources are publicly available;
OR
(b) If the information is recorded by the investigator in such a manner that subjects cannot be identified, directly or through identifiers linked to the subjects.

(5) Research and demonstration projects which are conducted by or subject to the approval of department or agency heads, and which are designed to study, evaluate, or otherwise examine

 


(a) Public benefit or service programs; 
OR
(b) Procedures for obtaining benefits or services under those programs;
OR
(c) Possible changes in or alternatives to those programs or procedures;
OR
(d) Possible changes in methods or levels of payment for benefits or services under those programs.

(6) Taste and food quality evaluation and consumer acceptance studies, if:

(a) Wholesome foods without additives are consumed; 
OR
(b) If a food is consumed that contains a food ingredient at or below the level and for a use found to be safe, or agricultural chemical or environmental contaminant at or below the level found to be safe, by the Food and Drug Administration or approved by the Environmental Protection Agency or the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the USDA.