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Institutional Review Board (IRB): Research with Minors

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Research with Minors in Everyday K-12 Educational Settings

You are doing research in an everyday K-12 educational setting if your research activities are part of the minors' normal routine in a K-12 context, all eligible students have an equal opportunity to participate or get the "treatment" (like a new curriculum in a classroom), and you have written permission/approval from leadership at the K-12 school.

If you are doing human subjects research with students in an everyday K-12 educational setting, you will prepare the following documents:

  1. CITI Certificate
  2. Eligibility Criteria
  3. Information Letter
  4. Readability Report for your information letter
  5. Data collection instruments. If your study will have an online survey or questionnaire, please see our additional requirements and resources for setting up online surveys or questionnaires.

If you are doing human subjects research with K-12 students, but not in an everyday educational setting, please refer to the next section.

Research with Minors in Other Settings

If you are conducting human subjects research with minors (age 17 and under) and your research activities are not part of their normal routine in a K-12 context, please note that your study would be considered greater than minimal risk (GTMR) and would require review by the full board. Full board review can add weeks to your IRB approval process.

For this kind of study, you will prepare the following materials:

  1. CITI Certificate
  2. Eligibility Criteria
  3. Recruitment Materials
  4. Minor Assent Letter and Parental Consent Letter
  5. Readability Reports for your recruitment materials, minor assent letter, and parental consent letter
  6. Data collection instruments. If your study will have an online survey or questionnaire, please see our additional requirements and resources for setting up online surveys or questionnaires.

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