If an activity falls under the definition of “research” it DOES need IRB approval:
Research means a systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable (public) knowledge.
A “systematic investigation” is an activity that involves a prospective plan that incorporates data collection, either quantitative or qualitative, and data analysis to answer a question.
The following activities DO NOT need IRB approval if:
The activity does not fall under the definition of “research”.
The activity does not involve human subjects.
If the activity does involve human subjects:
The participants in the activity will be limited to other Notre Dame College students who volunteer to participate;
No minors or other vulnerable populations (pregnant women, neonates, prisoners) are involved in the activity;
Data is collected for internal departmental or administrative purposes, such as teaching evaluations, student performance data, etc. Activities designed solely for quality improvement or evaluation of a program, course, etc.
The results and data will not be disseminated, presented, posted, or published outside of Notre Dame College. It is for internal use only.
Questions? Contact the IRB at firstname.lastname@example.org