COVID-19 update for the St. Kate's IRB:
Effective March 30, 2020 and until further notice, research procedures involving face-to-face interaction with research participants must be suspended unless the research procedure(s) is essential to ensure participant health, safety, or well-being, or are taking place in an educational setting not shut down by the government (see the Exceptions described in the linked email below). It is the expectation that no projects with in-person activities currently overseen by the St. Kate's IRB will meet the threshold of providing direct benefit as this exception is generally meant to cover treatment-based, medical research, and it is unlikely that any educational settings are still open. PI’s must contact the IRB if you feel your research meets either of these exceptions before continuing your research. Student Investigators should contact your faculty advisor or department chair if you are concerned that COVID-19 will impact your ability to complete a research project as part of program requirements. Amendments should be submitted to the IRB to change your research to replace in-person interviews with telephone or virtual contacts. During this time the IRB is still accepting new IRB applications. Please contact the IRB at IRB@stkate.edu with any questions.
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.