Investigators may apply to the University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects (UCAIHS) for Exempt status if their research falls within certain categories of research considered very low risk under Federal regulation.
The designation of Approved as Exempt may only be made by the UCAIHS, not by the investigator. A full application must be submitted in order for the Committee to determine whether a project should be granted Exempt status.
If granted Exempt status, a project will no longer be under UCAIHS oversight as long as no changes are made to the protocol as Approved as Exempt. If changes are planned, those changes must be submitted to the UCAIHS for review and approval prior to being initiated.
Categories of research which are exempt include:
Note: Research (except some projects using existing data) is not eligible for Exempt status if it involves: