St. Kate's IRB COVID-19 update
Effective May 10, 2021, research and quality improvement projects involving face-to-face interaction with participants can be conducted in-person as long as the primary investigator submits an in-person interaction addendum and outlines how they will follow existing local COVID-19 restrictions, including the St. Kate’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (masking, social distancing, cleaning, etc).
Please note as Minnesota regulations change (i.e. mask mandate) you will still need to follow local regulations (city/county) as well as St. Kate's requirements. For example, if St. Kate's requires masks, then you need to require masks during your research.
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).
Apply for IRB Approval
Investigators cannot begin research with human subjects until a complete application has been submitted to the IRB, reviewed and approved. The IRB Application Process webpage contains information to help investigators navigate the IRB application process including directions, forms, links, and templates.
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.