Institutional Review Board COVID-19 Policies

Given federal, state, and university stay-at-home guidelines, the Roosevelt IRB is adopting additional precautionary measures to ensure the continued protection of researchers and research participants.

  • All approvals for studies involving person-to-person contact at any stage (e.g., recruitment, data collection) will be suspended until further notice by the IRB.
  • Decisions for pending study applications as well as new submissions involving person to person contact will be postponed until the state and university stay-at-home guidelines have been lifted.
  • All studies regardless of review category will be sent to the convened IRB for review if the study aim is related to COVID-19 (e.g. infection, shelter in place, employment changes)

While final decisions will be postponed, incoming applications will continue to be reviewed according to the existing submission deadlines and meeting dates, and researchers will receive feedback on their proposals. Due to the uncertain course of the current pandemic, we are encouraging researchers who are in the process of planning their studies to strongly consider developing a “contactless” protocol that can be implemented virtually.

IRB Administrator, Deidra Somerville, will be reaching out to all researchers with open or active studies to confirm their study status (i.e., involving contact or contactless). Any additional policy changes related to COVID-19 will be communicated on the IRB webpage and IRB monthly newsletter.

Stay safe and be well.

Deidra Somerville

dsomerville@roosevelt.edu