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COVID – 19 (SARS-CoV-2) IRB Procedure (Effective March 25, 2020)

In the context of evolving circumstances regarding COVID-19 and the University focus on the health and well-being of our researchers and research participants, the Georgia Southern University Institutional Review Board, in consultation with the Vice Provost for Research has temporarily revised its procedure as follows:

Current studies

  • Currently approved studies involving face-to-face interactions with participants are being placed on hold until further notice.   Once the hold is lifted, research activity may resume as approved.  Renewal applications that are due during the hold should continue to be submitted to prevent study closure.
  • Currently approved research that can be conducted remotely (e.g., by Web conference, telephone, email or other means) can continue.  
  • The IRB will prioritize amendments converting or adding remote procedures to existing studies. [ Amendment Form — Use to request an amendment to an approved IRB protocol.  (The form must be accompanied by the updated protocol with changes in underlined text.  Only include documents that have changed.)]

    [Note: After consulting with Georgia Southern’s cyber security staff, we have concluded that Google Forms is not an appropriate platform for surveys with sensitive topics even when “collect email address” and “limit response” options are unchecked. Recommended surveys platforms are (Qualtrics or SurveyMonkey) using their anonymous security setting. Access to the Qualtrics is available on your my.georgiasouthern.edu portal in the Research Resources section.]

Applications already submitted

  • New approvals and renewals for studies involving face-to-face interactions with participants will be processed but approval will be held until the temporary hold has been lifted. 
  • Application and renewal applications for remote research will continue to be processed by the IRB through email during the hold and research may proceed once the approval letter is received by the researcher. 

New application submissions

  • New and renewal applications for remote research will continue to be processed by the IRB through email during the hold and research may proceed once the approval letter is received by the researcher. 
  • New applications for future studies involving face-to-face interactions with participants research will continue to be accepted and processed but approvals will be held until the temporary hold has been lifted. 

The IRB will continue to function through email and Virtual meetings and process applications normally.

Questions or concerns about IRB procedure should be directed to irb@georgiasouthern.edu.   The IRB office remains open and is providing full-service remotely.  

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Major Regulation Changes – The New Common Rule:

  1. Informed Consent Requirements
  2. Continuing Review
  3. Exemptions  
  4. Single IRB Review
  5. Broad Consent and related exemptions 7 & 8 will not be implemented at GS because broad consent restrictions are highly restrictive for investigators.  In order to comply with the conditions of broad consent, the institution/researcher would be obligated to track data for each subject offered broad consent.  In addition, if a participant in the study declined to provide broad consent, future researchers would be barred from obtaining a waiver of consent for secondary research.

Additional Resources

Health and Human Services – New Common Rule Training Videos

USC Key Changes to the Common Rule  (16 min video)  USC Policies are compatible with GS policies.

Last updated: 6/25/2020