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To IRB, or Not to IRB: That is the Question

Do YOU Need the IRB?

  • Do you plan on conducting a research* project using human subjects*?
  • Do you plan on conducting research with any persons or institutions outside of the Monmouth University community?
  • Do you plan to publish the results of your project?

If you answered YES to any questions above—YOU DO NEED THE IRB.

Student Conducted Research

Student-conducted research that is conducted solely within the confines of the classroom or within a departmental research participant pool and:

  • is a general requirement of a course,
  • has the sole purpose of developing the student’s research skills,
  • is not intended for presentation or publication outside the classroom, and
  • will be overseen by a faculty member

may not be subject to IRB review. Check with your supervising professor for guidance as to whether you must submit your research protocol for IRB review.



Research means a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Activities which meet this definition constitute research for purposes of this policy, whether or not they are conducted or supported under a program which is considered research for other purposes. For example, some demonstration and service programs may include research activities.

Human subject means a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains:

  1. Data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or,
  2. Identifiable private information.

Definitions Taken from the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45, Part 46, Protection of Human Subjects 46.102