Resources for Faculty & Staff

Principal Investigator (PI) Oversight Responsibilities and Assurances

As a Principal Investigator (PI) of a human subjects research project requiring IRB approval, there are certain responsibilities when in this role.  They are outlined here

For Course Instructors, those involved in student related projects, and/or Human Subjects Research

There are various formats for research-oriented UI courses that prepare students to conduct research:

  • Research methods course, where students learn about research ethics and study design
  • Research seminar, for students to select a research mentor and/or design a research proposal. 

Here is a Back to School Reminder which provides a brief snapshot of what to do next if you or one of your students may have projects involving human subjects.   

Course Related Student Project Policy Revision

If your research methods course includes a requirement for students to conduct a research project for educational purposes, please review the revised policy to ensure that student projects comply with all applicable federal human subjects regulations and University of Iowa policies:

  1. Policy on Course-Related Student Projects & Human Subjects Research 
  • conditions under which IRB approval may not be required      
  • information that must be disclosed to potential subjects
  1. Checklist for Course-Related Student Projects (download to your desktop for full functionality)
  • a tool to help students and course instructors determine if IRB approval may be required
  1. Human Subjects Research Determination (HSRD) Form – If a determination cannot be made using the checklist above, the student can submit a Human Subjects Research Determination (HSRD) form, through the electronic IRB application system (HawkIRB) to ask whether IRB approval is necessary for a project.

NEW! Faculty Advisor Responsibilities in Human Subjects Research

The University of Iowa IRB has certain expectations of Faculty who oversee students conducting human subjects research requiring IRB approval.  These expectations are outlined in the Faculty Advisor Oversight Responsibilities and Assurances

IRB Educational Opportunities

The Human Subjects Office (HSO) provides education and support to student researchers in a variety of methods.  If you would like to learn more about training sessions and educational opportunities for Investigators, delegates, and research team members, click here for more information about:

  • HawkIRB Training Sessions
  • Office Hours
  • Presentations
    • Research Related Topics
    • Classroom Presentations
  • ICON Course for Researchers
  • IRB Display and Educational Materials

Contact the IRB Outreach Program regarding opportunities to set up the IRB display or distribute IRB educational materials.