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The IRB is focused on protecting the rights and welfare of research participants and evaluates, approves, and conducts reviews of any Gallaudet University research that involves human subjects. Regulated by the Federal Government, the IRB is an important first stop for Gallaudet faculty, staff, and students planning to perform research either on or off campus.
Learn more about what needs IRB approval here.
Currently Julie A. Hochgesang is the IRB chair and Lori Lutz is the vice-chair.
IRB meetings are monthly during the academic year and closed to the public. The IRB is sponsored and staffed by the Office of Research. You are welcome to contact us using the web form at the bottom of this webpage regarding:
Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research
If you have concerns or feedback about a past or current research study approved by the Gallaudet IRB, we want to know.
Our IRB presentations, which can be customized for lab or faculty meetings or classes, run 30-45 minutes and can be in person or via videoconferencing.
The CITI Program offers online ethics training programs that are free to Gallaudet faculty, students, and staff.
The Gallaudet IRB uses Cayuse Human Ethics to review and approve research projects.
If you are a Gallaudet student, faculty, or staff member, please use our IRB Determination Tool to help find out if your research project requires IRB review.
Template forms and documents are provided as a resource. Check out the FAQ section regarding their use.
The Gallaudet IRB operates with a strict definition of research and human subject.
If the projects have not been renewed after one or two years (depending on the review status of your project), it will be moved to closed status. You can also go to Gallaudet Cayuse Human Ethics dashboard and review your research and close research projects.
Researchers are required by federal regulations to have an ongoing renewal of the IRB approval for continuing projects. Full board review project approvals are renewed on a yearly basis. Approval for expedited research projects will be up for renewal two years from the date of the IRB review. Exempt projects do not need to be renewed but if modifications are made, then they need to be reported. It is the responsibility of the investigator(s) to be accountable for ongoing research projects. All information related to your research can be found on the Gallaudet Cayuse Human Ethics dashboard. For existing research that needs to be renewed or modified, please send an email to us and we will import your existing research to Cayuse Human Ethics to renew or modify. Submit a renewal application through Gallaudet Cayuse Human Ethics to continue your research project.
An IRB Authorization Agreement (IAA) is an agreement signed by two or more institutions engaged in the same human subjects research project. All U.S. institutions engaged in cooperative research conducted or supported by a Common Rule (part 45 CFR 46.114) agency are required to rely upon approval by a single Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the portion of the research conducted in the U.S.
Online survey tools and conferencing platforms bring new privacy and security considerations. An emerging area for researcher vigilance is internet fraud. We have received reports of the following:– Bots (short for robot and also called an internet bot) that simulate human activity with the intention of bypassing screening and mimicking participation in online surveys so the programmer is compensated. We recommend opting for countermeasures (e.g. captcha) as available in your preferred online survey tool to ensure your participants are human.– Ineligible participants appearing in videoconferencing platforms. Particular to research at Gallaudet, these individuals make it apparent they have given false responses to questionnaires that intend to screen out non-sign language users, and either appear with their video turned off and do not identify themselves or appear on video but clearly do not know sign language. We recommend responding as if you would in a face-to-face scenario; terminate the session as early as possible.
If you have experienced any fraud-related issues and needed to make changes to your study protocol, please make a modification submission documenting relevant information on Cayuse. For further reading:– Detecting, Preventing, and Responding to “Fraudsters” in Internet Research: Ethics and Tradeoffs (Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics)– Considerations and Recommendations concerning Internet Research and Human Subjects Research Regulations, with Revisions (OHRP)
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