Student-led Activities: Introduction
Federal law and FSU policy require advance review of student-led activities that may involve individuals as respondents or study participants when the activities involve (1) interaction or intervention with the individuals to collect information or biospecimens, or (2) collection or use of individuals' information or biospecimens (e.g., secondary use of previously collected information, even when students will have no interaction or intervention with the individuals). These activities, including collection of individuals' information, may not begin until completion of review and approval or clearance by the FSU Office for Human Subjects Protection (OHSP) and/or Institutional Review Board (IRB).
This page is intended to provide students with instructions, guidance, FAQs and links to templates and other resources for submitting activities for review. The image below depicts an algorithm about when a student-led activity may require IRB review; click on the image for the complete algorithm, including explanatory notes and instructions.
Any FSU student who plans to undertake activities that may involve individuals who may serve as respondents or study participants or about whom information or biospecimens may be collected or used is required, before initiating or beginning their activity, to have the study submitted for federal regulatory OHSP/IRB review using the FSU Research Administration and Management Portal (RAMP) Institution Review Board (IRB) module (RAMP IRB). Paper, email or telephonic submissions or requests for OHSP/IRB review are not accepted.
To find out how long it MAY generally take to complete OHSP/IRB review of a student-led activity, refer to FAQ#9, accessible through the Frequently Asked Questions panel below.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE TO STUDENTS: FSU dissertation, theses, graduation as well as study sponsor, journal publication, and conference presentation requirements may include the need to provide official documentation of OHSP/IRB approval or clearance (including documentation that further IRB review was not required). Approval or clearance is not granted retroactively (i.e., after or while you are conducting your study). Plan carefully, timely and accordingly so that you have this official documentation.
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