Classroom Research



Classroom Research

The Classroom Protocol has been established for streamlining the process when students are engaged in class projects that involve human participants. All student, faculty and staff engaged in human subjects research need IRB approval. If a student and his/her faculty mentor determine that a class project is research, then the project must be submitted to the IRB.

Classroom protocols conform to the following criteria:

  • All projects should be Exempt from full committee review as defined by Federal guidelines
  • Subjects will not provide and researchers will not keep any identifiers that will link the results back to the participants.
  • Projects will not involve any personal, sensitive, or incriminating topics or questions.
  • Projects will not manipulate behavior of the subjects beyond the range of usual classroom activity or college life.
  • Projects will not involve physically invasive contact with subjects.
  • Projects will only be presented to an internal audience at the University.

Instructors must submit a completed application to the IRB committee via email as early as possible during the semester. Any student project that is not consistent with the criteria defined above should be submitted to the IRB for standard review.

The classroom protocol application can be found in Mentor IRB, but please note that this process remains separate from the Mentor IRB management system. Contact the IRB Assistant at or 651-690-6204 for questions.