“The Institutional Review Board is an administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of the institution with which it is affiliated.” (DHHS, OPRR, Protecting Human Research Subjects: Institutional Review Board Guidebook)
Human subjects research is defined as any activity intended to obtain and record information from or about individuals for research purposes.
It is Adelphi policy that all research conducted by faculty, administrators, undergraduate, and graduate students be reviewed by the IRB. This includes studies that make use of surveys, interviews, experimental designs that involve human subjects, and any research that involves children or other vulnerable populations such as the incarcerated or mentally impaired.
The IRB meets monthly, with one summer meeting in late June/early July. All IRB submissions are required to be submitted no later than the 10th of the month preceding the meeting. Please send 15 copies to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Social Work Building, Room 116 and email a complete copy of your protocol to Mary Cortina. The forms can be obtained from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, from your faculty representative on the committee, or you can download them.
» IRB Review Forms (DOC)
All investigators, including students and faculty advisers, need to submit a completed financial conflict of interest form with their application.
All study protocols reviewed and approved by the Adelphi IRB are valid for one year, therefore, investigators must resubmit their protocols using the continuation form. In addition to continuation review, please use this form if your study will require modifications since its original approval.
» Continuation/Modification Form (DOC)
If you think your proposal may be exempt, for example, your study does not involve vulnerable populations, or it uses secondary public data sources, or it is conducted in customary educational settings and it meets additional criteria for exemption (see below for exemption criteria), you will still need to complete the IRB form and send your completed application to the IRB administrator (email@example.com). You can submit your proposal for consideration for exemption at any time and you do not have to submit 15 hard copies, one electronic and one signed hard copy are all that is needed at this point.
The chair and if necessary an IRB subcommittee will review your application and decide if it meets federal guidelines for exemption. If your proposal is deemed exempt, then an approval letter will be sent to you; if your proposal does not meet the requirements for exemption, then you will need to submit for a full IRB committee review as per our guidelines.
All studies conducted by Adelphi faculty, adjunct faculty, administrators or students must be brought to the attention of the IRB chair for determination of review category and possible exemption from review (45 CFR 46.101(b)).
For a research project to be exempt from IRB review all items in Part A of this section must apply AND at least one item in Part B of this section must apply.
Part A (All items must apply.)
Part B (At least one item must apply.)
If an application is deemed to satisfy the criteria to be considered as exempt, the Chair will advise the PI:
“Your application (# ) was reviewed by the IRB and determined to be exempt. Should you wish to make any modifications to your research you are required to submit an amendment to the IRB to have your classification as exempt reconfirmed. Please note that you remain obligated to observe the Belmont principles with respect to the protection of human subjects.”
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
p – 516.877.3161