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Student Initiated Research Under Faculty Supervision

If a faculty member requires a student to serve as a Principal Investigator (PI) in a human subject research project under his/her direct supervision, it is imperative that faculty and student adhere to the following when completing and submitting an IRB application.

  1. Please make sure that students submit a complete and signed IRB application along with all accompanying materials (i.e., informed consent, survey/instrumentation).  All applications must be typewritten.  Handwritten applications will not be accepted for review.  
  2. Please make sure students do not search for the Siena IRB application using a search engine since it is possible that they may retrieve an older version.  Older IRB application versions will not be accepted for review.  Please use the most recent IRB application.
  3. Effective January 17, 2012, an expedited or exempt review will take up to ten business days to complete before a decision is rendered.  The IRB will not make any exception for applications that are time-sensitive for a particular class.  It is the responsibility of the student and faculty member to submit the IRB application in a timely manner.
  4. The approval of IRB projects will be sent via email to the PI listed on the IRB coversheet.  After the application has been reviewed and approved, it is the responsibility of the PI to inform the other Co-PIs of the IRB decision. 
  5. A faculty supervisor is responsible for reviewing and signing a student-led application before it is submitted to the IRB for review.   If an application is submitted incomplete and not signed by both the PI and faculty supervisor, it is likely that the application may get delayed beyond the ten day review period for expedited and exempt reviews.  The ten day review process does not apply to full board review applications.

Faculty and students are stronly encouraged to review the Belmont Report which summarizes basic ethical principles and guidelines identified by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research.