"Class Projects" refers to any course assignments that utilize human participants. The purpose of these class projects is to improve the knowledge and skills of students and is not for the purpose of dissemination in any format or mode outside of the classroom. These data collection efforts associated with class projects are not defined as "research", which Federal regulations identify as "a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation designed to contribute to generalizable knowledge."
Clayton State University Institutional Review Board (IRB) must be contacted and receive the necessary documents submitted prior to beginning class project activities. The purpose of this contact is to confirm that the activities do meet the following standards specified below and that they are exempt from IRB review.
In order to have an exempt review as part of class projects, all of the following conditions below must be met. If ALL conditions are not met, it is necessary to submit an expedited review (see application for expedited study).
If a class project does not meet all of the above standards, and, therefore, do not qualify for an exemption, the instructor has the option to submit a standard IRB application (see Federal guidelines) that will go through the regular review and approval process. These applications which follow the regular review and approval process will be reviewed in the order they were received and will not be eligible for the fast track exemption accorded to class projects that fall under this section. These proposals must be reviewed by IRB board members, and time to review will be no longer than two weeks.
Instructors of the course in which the class projects occur are responsible for following Federal guidelines which ensure that the rights and welfare of human subjects are not violated. The instructor will be notified of the decision within five (5) business days of receipt of the proposal. The exemption is valid only for the academic semester during which the class project will be conducted. Instructor responsibilities include the following activities: