Tutorial Chapter 4: Do you need to apply to the UCAIHS?
A graduate student in the History Department at New York University plans to study the historical differences between male and female students in the past 100 years for her thesis. While doing her research, she comes across comprehensive data that was collected in the 1950s. The data could be the basis for a compelling project. She believes this will be especially interesting since she will be able to involve some of her classmates whose ages and backgrounds closely resemble those of the subjects of the earlier studies.
What course should the investigator follow?
A: Since she is a student at the University and the study is not funded, she feels confident that she can move forward with the project by enrolling her classmates in the study as soon as possible.
B: Before she starts the project she conducts further inquiries to determine whether her planned study falls within the jurisdiction of the UCAIHS.
Under the University's Federal Wide Assurance, all research activities involving human subjects must be approved by the University's IRB before the research is started, whether it is funded or nonfunded. These activities include:
Faculty directed research.
University approval is necessary if the proposed research meets any of these conditions:
the research is sponsored by the University
the research is conducted by or under the direction of any University employee or agent (for example, faculty member, researcher, or student) in connection with his / her other institutional responsibilities, no matter where the research is conducted
the research is conducted by or under the direction of any University employee or agent (for example, faculty member, researcher, or student) using any University property or facility
the research involves the use of the University's nonpublic information to identify or contact human research subjects or prospective subjects to provide data for the research
the research involves the use of the University's students, employees, or facilities.