Appendix B
Criteria for Exempt Status

Most research activity at Delta State will fall under the category EXEMPT FROM IRB REVIEW.  When the Request for IRB Clearance is submitted, the IRB Chair will determine whether it is EXEMPT.  As soon as the research is classified as EXEMPT, the researcher may proceed.   
                                                 
The criteria stated below must be met in order to qualify for the exempt status. However, research described in category 2 below that is supported by federal funds and which involves subjects under the age of 18 may not be certified as exempt. An exception may be made if the research subject is enrolled in college. If the project otherwise meets the above criteria for exempt status, it may be reviewed by expedited procedures. Questions regarding the protection of human subjects should be submitted to the Chair of the IRB.
  1. Research conducted in established or commonly accepted educational settings, involving normal educational practices, such as (a) research on regular and special education instructional strategies; or (b) research on effectiveness of or comparison among instructional techniques, curricula, or classroom management methods.
  2. Research involving the use of educational tests (cognitive, diagnostic, aptitude achievement), survey procedures, interview procedures or observation of public behavior, unless a research subject will be under 18 years of age*. However, such research is NOT EXEMPT if a) information obtained is recorded in such a manner that human subjects can be identified, directly or through identifiers linked to the subjects; or (b) any disclosure of the human subjects’ responses outside the research could reasonably place the subjects at risk of criminal or civil liability or be damaging to the subjects’ financial standing, employability, or reputation.
  3. Research involving the use of educational tests (cognitive, diagnostic, aptitude, achievement), survey procedures, interview procedures or observation of public behavior that is not exempt under category 2, may be considered EXEMPT if (a) the human subjects are elected or appointed public officials or candidates for public office; or (B) confidentiality of the personally identifiable information will be maintained throughout the research and thereafter.
  4. Research involving the collection and study of existing data, documents, records, pathological specimens, if these sources are publicly available or if the information is recorded by the investigator in such a manner that subjects cannot be identified, directly or through identifiers linked to the subjects.
  5. Research and demonstration projects which are conducted by or subject to the approval of federal department or agency heads, and which are designed to study, evaluate, or otherwise examine (a) public benefit or service programs; (b) procedures for obtaining benefits or services under these programs; (c) possible changes in methods or alternatives to those programs or procedures; or (d) possible changes in methods or levels of payment for benefits or services under those programs.
  6. Taste and food quality evaluation and consumer acceptance studies, (a) if wholesome foods without additives are consumed: or (b) if a food is consumed that contains a food ingredient at or below the level and for a use found to be safe, or agricultural chemical or environmental contaminant at or below the level found to be Safe, by the Food and Drug Administration or approved by the Environmental Protection Agency or the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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