Institutional Review Board Guidelines
SUNY ESF receives federal funding for research; therefore, any research associated with the College is required to undergo IRB approval through Syracuse University. ESF is required to follow the federal regulations in regards to human subject's research conducted by individuals affiliated with the institution. SU's Institutional Review Board reviews ESF research that meets the definition of human participant research as defined by the federal regulations (Regulations and Ethical Guidelines).
Note: Approval from the IRB must be obtained prior to the formal recruitment of participants, obtaining informed consent, or initiation of research activities.
A project must receive IRB oversight if it meets the definition of human subjects' research.
Research is defined as a systematic investigation leading to generalizable knowledge. Human subjects’ research is defined in the federal regulations as “A systematic investigation leading to generalizable knowledge where there is an interaction or intervention with an individual, or private identifiable data is collected about an individual.”
Generalizable knowledge includes the following:
Syracuse University's institutional policy, along with a list of typical activities that are subject to IRB jurisdiction, is located here.
IRB review is required for research projects that involve human subjects if the results will be disseminated beyond the course instructor or committee. IRB review is not required for research projects conducted solely to fulfill course requirements and the results of the classroom assignment are only used and shared as follows:
HOWEVER: If data will be shared beyond the circumstances described above (e.g. for publication, presentation at academic conferences, in thesis/dissertation, etc.) then the project must receive IRB approval prior to initiation. ESF faculty, staff and students can obtain IRB applications at Syracuse University's Office of Research Integrity and Protections website. The appropriate form should be completed and submitted to ESF's Office of Research Programs in 200 Bray Hall, 470-6606.