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Expedited Review

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Expedited Review Process                             

What Does Expedited Mean?

For human subjects research involving no more than minimal risk*, and for minor changes or amendments to approved research.**  Expedited review categories are specified in the regulation that governs the Institutional Review Board (45 CFR 46.110).  Categories 5, 6 and 7 are most commonly used at GS.
*It cannot be assumed that research poses minimal risk because it involves only interview or survey data collection. Sensitive questions may lead to distress that exposes participants to greater than minimal risk. Loss of confidentiality can cause harm to participants, their relatives, and others. (The same forms are used to apply for expedited or full board review.)

**This process may also be used for minor changes to research approved by the full board process at the IRBs discretion.

Forms are updated regularly to capture changes in regulatory requirements.  Use current forms from the website for all submissions.

Preferred submission method: Single email to irb@georgiasouthern. Applications with hand written signatures can be scanned and emailed or official Adobe electronic signatures are accepted.

Please download the forms to edit. Forms can not be opened in Google Drive.
Form Name Additional Form Information
IRB Application Complete for all expedited and full board reviews.  Note: Do not include dissertation or thesis chapters. Information required for review must be condensed into the application format.
REQUIRED FOR ALL EXPEDITED AND FULL BOARD- replaces the previous cover page and narrative forms.
COVID Safety Plan All research that includes procedures that require in person interaction with participants requires a COVID safety plan.  The type of plan is dependent on the research.  Follow the decision tree to the correct form for your research.
CITI Human Subjects Training CITI Program training provides social/behavioral content training. Online certificate will be provided to you once the course is completed. Attach certificate or transcript to each protocol submitted. Certificates are not maintained by the IRB.  Training certificates from previous submissions are not readily available.  Click here for instructions. REQUIRED EACH TIME YOU APPLY.

Informed Consent Sample

(Consent format not required.)

This is a sample of an informed consent document provided on an electronic version of GS letterhead.  Any information in the sample should be edited as appropriate for the population you are using and the type of research you are conducting. Click here for further information on HIPAA consent criteria.
Informed Consent Checklist Tool for the construction of an Informed Consent document. – Required content

Minor’s Assent Form Sample

(Assent format not required.)

This is a sample of a minor assent document provided on an electronic version of GS letterhead.  Any information in the sample should be edited as appropriate for the population you are using and the type of research you are conducting.  Your assent should be on a reading level appropriate for the participant’s age.
Parental Informed Consent Sample  (Consent format not required.) Parental consent can follow the same guide as the general consent but should be addressed to the parent and focus on the risk and benefits  to their children.
Instrument Please include a copy of all instruments to be used in the research (surveys, questions, etc.)
Recruitment Materials Please include a copy of all materials to be used for recruitment (flyers, emails, etc.)

Sample Letter of Cooperation (LOC) or Site Authorization

(Letter of cooperation format not required.)

If subjects are students or employees of another institution, include a written letter of cooperation from the subjects. This may be a letter or email from the institutional official’s professional address with the institutional officer and title identified in the email body. All letters of cooperation must clearly identify the investigator and project by title. (See the FAQ for additional information.)  Note: If using education data obtained from school records you must include documentation of parental permission for the release of such data under the Family Educational Privacy Act (FERPA). This may be a copy of the release form, informed consent, or an assurance from the institutional official that such permission has been obtained prior to data release.
Policies  These are policies that often apply to projects
Georgia Southern Survey Policy Legal affairs policy – Use of the GS email system for distribution of surveys to faculty, staff, and students.
Human Subject Incentive Payment Policy and Procedure – FS-AP-1304-01 This is a Finance and Business Operations Policy.  Incentives control log can be found on the finance page under other forms.
Security Standards for Information Systems – IT-3610-00 IT policy –  data security requirements
Data Stewardship and Classification Standard IT policy –  Class I – Confidential; Class II – Sensitive  with protection defined

Last updated: 12/8/2020