Full Review

Full Review Form (pdf)

Research that Requires Full Review

Any research that poses “more than minimal risk” to research subjects should undergo Full Review. While the researcher is generally responsible for determining whether there is any risk, the IRB considers certain types of research to be indisputably deserving of Full Review, including research on the following populations and topics:


  • Prisoners
  • Cognitively impaired persons
  • Seriously ill persons
  • Refugees, if targeted or questioned about their experiences as refugees
  • Victims of abuse, if targeted and if questioned about their experiences as victims of abuse
  • Stigmatized populations, if targeted or if questioned about bias, discrimination, or harassment
  • Undocumented immigrants, if targeted or questioned about their status or experience as undocumented immigrants


  • The research involves requests for information that might be considered offensive, threatening, or degrading by the respondents.
  • The research focuses on stigmatizing or illegal aspects of the subjects’ behavior if this topic is central to the research objective and if research is more extensive than a brief survey question

Exempt Research with Children

The revised Common Rule (implemented in January 2019) permits certain kinds of research with children (those under the age of eighteen) to be Exempt under various categories research. Otherwise, research with children must undergo Full review.

Exempt categories in which research with children is permitted: Exempt categories 1 & 4-8 can be applied to research with children, while Exempt category 2 (i) and (ii) only applies to children when the research involves educational tests or the observation of public behavior if the investigator(s) do not participate in the activities being observed.

Exempt categories in which research with children is NOT permitted:

Category 2 (iii)--research that only includes interactions involving educational tests, survey procedures, interview procedures, or observation of public behavior when data is identifiable

Category 3--benign behavioral interventions in conjunction with the collection of information from an adult subject through verbal or written responses (including data entry) or audiovisual recording