COVID-19 update for St. Kate's IRB
Effective September 1, 2020 and until further notice, research and quality improvement projects involving face-to-face interaction with participants will continue to be conducted remotely, with 3 exceptions.
- The project procedure(s) is essential to ensure participant health, safety, or well-being,
- The project is performed in the investigator’s workplace (traditional education setting, clinical/health care setting, etc.) that is open for business, the workplace in-person interaction is not outside of the typical work activities of the investigator, and the PI includes an in-person interaction addendum with their IRB application, or
- The project is approved to be conducted in person by the COVID In-Person Research Committee.
IRB approval is separate from COVID In-Person Research Committee approval. Projects must have approval from both committees to begin in-person human subject research/quality improvement projects unless the project meets one of the listed exceptions. Primary Investigators (PI’s) wanting to start in-person interactions with participants must contact the IRB and complete additional requirements. In-person projects must follow the St. Kate’s Covid-19 In-Person Human Subject Guidelines. Please contact the IRB at IRB@stkate.edu with any questions.
Covid-19 In-Person Human Subject Guidelines
Link to email sent to Pi's on 9/09/2020: https://stkate.box.com/s/gxq0lkgdapi87ecao9fdl1okwqhe9z6k
Link to email sent to Pi's on 3/30/2020: https://stkate.box.com/s/ffnouytumkd1bmjj4izx8zs2y9cphdas
Link to email sent to PI's on 03/17/2020: https://stkate.box.com/s/jop3w4kkytpmhazyejf9lxy7nrfkvx4c
Apply for IRB Approval
The St. Catherine University IRB is a committee established to review and approve research involving human subjects. We strive to ensure that all human subject research be conducted in accordance with all federal, institutional, and ethical guidelines. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews all research involving human subjects to ensure protection, privacy, autonomy, dignity and informed consent for research participants. The protection of human subjects is a shared responsibility among researchers, advisors, and the University and the IRB has developed a process to assist in achieving the best possible research outcome. St. Catherine University's human subjects research program is administered by Sponsored Programs, Research and External Engagement (SPREE).
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) application process is conducted through an online software system called Mentor IRB available to all University faculty, staff, and students. Below are links to the Mentor IRB website, directions for applying through Mentor IRB and additional information about the IRB application process. Investigators cannot begin research with human subjects until a complete application has been submitted to the IRB, reviewed and approved. The IRB approval process takes about three to four weeks from application submission (including faculty advisor approval) to a response from the IRB, unless additional questions and/or documents are required. Applications submitted in November and December may require an additional one to two weeks to complete the review.
Human Subject Research (HSR) Policy
The Research Involving Human Subject Policy describes the guiding principles and regulatory requirements necessary to ensure the rights, dignity, welfare, and privacy of the human subjects in all research conducted on behalf of the St. Catherine University. Human subject research is integrated more broadly with a system and policy around research integrity which can be found on the SPREE Policy and Compliance webpage.