Effective August 1, 2010: Research conducted in MSA and MA in
Education capstone courses is no longer under the jurisdiction of
CMU’s IRB office. This means that IRBNet applications will not be
accepted for MSA and MA in Education students. The exceptions to this
policy are those cases where the student’s work involves human
subjects and would be considered “research” under the federal
guidelines. Projects considered “research” are those projects using
human subjects that generate findings that can be generalized and that
are intended from the outset of the project to be disseminated to a
wider audience. For example, a student conducting a project and using
human subjects with the intent to publish the findings or report the
findings to a broader audience, i.e., state or regional, national or
international conference or outside of the researcher’s organization,
must complete CITI training and seek IRB approval. On the other hand, a
student conducting a work-related project with human subjects and
reporting the findings within the organization is not required to seek
IRB approval. We are replacing the IRB requirement with a Research
Review Application. Students will complete this form and submit the
form along with appropriate attachments to their capstone instructor.
Approval notifications will be sent by e-mail and data collection may
only begin when that approval has been received. The application form
is available here.
University requires that all proposals for federally defined research projects be submitted
through IRBNet, an online interface administered by CMU's Office of Research
and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) that streamlines the application process. IRBNet
provides an easy-to-use proposal submission interface and a permanent location
for application materials as well as any supporting documentation and forms related
to your project.
If your research
does not involve human subjects, you must register in IRBNet and complete the
Non-Human Research Determination Form,
which verifies that your research project does not involve human subjects (an
example of this type of research is a feasibility study wherein only
statistical data is used) and is therefore exempt from IRB oversight.
If your research
does involve human subjects, you must complete a required training module on using
human subjects in research prior to registering in the IRBNet software. This
training is offered through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative
(CITI) and will take between two and three hours to complete. It is possible to
only partially complete the training and return to it later to finish if that
is more convenient for you. This training must be completed before you can begin
using IRBNet. After
having completed the training module you should work with your instructor to
finalize your research plan and project timeline and to enter the necessary application
and project data into the IRBNet interface.
submitted through IRBNet go before the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for
consideration. The Board considers each application individually and evaluates
it based on CMU policies and practices and federal guidelines for research
involving human subjects. At this point the process will follow one of two
paths: if your proposal is accepted by the Board you will be allowed to move
ahead with your research; if it is denied by the Board the proposal will be
returned to you with suggestions as to how you might revise it to make it more
likely to be approved should you choose to re-submit it later.
Here are some links
that provide more information:
Additional instructions for IRBNet and the CITI training can be found in Sections Two through Five of the Student Guide to the MSA 685 Project. A link to this guide can be found on our MSA Resources page.
Please be aware the
IRBNet and CITI are services offered to the Central Michigan University
community independent of OCLS, and that this is an informational page posted
for the benefit of students and faculty participating in Off-Campus Programs. Please
direct your requests for assistance to the departments below.
If you have
questions about the CITI training, the process of submitting material through
IRBNet, or using the interface please contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
at firstname.lastname@example.org or (989) 774-6401.
If you need
technical assistance please contact CMU's IT Help Desk.
You can also contact
IRBNet directly for technical support assistance between the hours of 8:00 a.m.
and 5:00 p.m. EST.