Institutional Review Board

All IRB applications and correspondence should be sent to irbprotocols@simmons.edu.

The University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged by the University President with the responsibility of reviewing research proposals for the purpose of protecting the rights of individuals who are subjects of any research, conducted by faculty, staff, or students of Simmons University. Federal Regulations place responsibility on the University and the Principal Investigator to insure that high ethical standards are maintained for all research involving human subjects. Simmons University provides education through a web based training program in human research subjects' protections—CITI Program (see below).

The novel COVID-19 is impacting our communities, and the Simmons University IRB places the health of all individuals as the most important priority. In light of Simmons University moving courses to online learning and canceling in-person gatherings, the IRB requires all researchers working with human participants in person to postpone or modify their research. All researchers who would come into physical contact with study participants must postpone those research activities immediately, until notified by the IRB that you can restart them, and those who can do so should amend their study to conduct their research remotely.

Please inform the IRB by emailing irbprotocols@simmons.edu immediately if you are conducting research activities in physical proximity to participants.

If your research currently involves in-person interactions with human participants and you plan to modify your research to use alternative means, such as through Zoom, Skype, phone, etc., you must submit a request for a modification to the IRB prior to implementing changes in the protocol and continuing research activities.

In your amendment, please:

  1. include revised informed consent documents, and
  2. describe the modifications in recruitment, the consent process, data collection procedure, and revised data management plans.

Once it is complete, please email it to irbprotocols@simmons.edu.

We apologize for any inconvenience, but hope that you recognize that these actions are being taken to prevent possible significant harm to research participants, and their social contacts. Please contact the IRB office if you need to modify your study procedures or timeline. The IRB is prioritizing these amendments, and will complete them as quickly as possible to minimize delays in your work.

Thank you for your time and serious consideration in this matter.

Resources

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CITI Training Program

The IRB requires all individuals conducting research involving human subjects through the University to complete the CITI Program.