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Activities Requiring Approval
The Baylor IRB must approve activities that fall into any of the following categories:
  1. Research projects involving the use of humans as subjects:
    1. whether the procedure involves no risk or considerable risk;
    2. whether or not the protocol involves deception of subjects;
    3. if the subjects are Baylor students (regardless of the identity of the investigators);
    4. if the investigators are Baylor employees (regardless of the source of subjects).
  2. Classroom or laboratory activities, except in clinical therapy training in the professional health care field, involving any of the following:
    1. physically invasive activities such as blood drawing;
    2. physically taxing activities such as a stress test;
    3. physiological recording such as EKG or EEG;
    4. any activity where the student must ingest any substance (other than food);
    5. any psychological or personality testing or any testing procedure not aimed at academic evaluation;
    6. any activity where there is a risk of personal information becoming public;
    7. any painful procedure;
    8. any procedure involving psychological risk;
    9. any activity where the student is or might be exposed to risk of contact with any potentially dangerous, infectious, toxic, or radioactive substances.
Research activities in which the only involvement of adult human subjects will be in one of the following categories are exempt from IRB review:
  1. Anonymous surveys or questionnaires
  2. Research involving the study of existing data, documents or records if these sources are publicly available or if the information is recorded in such a manner that subjects cannot be identified, directly or through identifiers linked to the subjects.
  3. Interviews of a non-personal nature
These exemptions do not include studies involving minors as participants or archival data previously gathered from minors. The Baylor IRB chair, in consultation with the IRB as deemed necessary, retains final judgment as to whether a particular activity is covered by this policy. Investigators who believe their study is exempt from review must submit a completed proposal to the IRB chairman to receive an exemption waiver.

If you have a question about whether these guidelines apply to a particular protocol you are interested in implementing, or of which you are aware that is currently being implemented at Baylor University or using Baylor students as subjects, contact Dr. David Schlueter, 254-710-6920.