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Researchers may choose one of these two forms to process their human subjects research.  

IRB-1 form

This form may be used for all faculty and student research for any human subjects research project. It is a little longer but provides more guidance to include details that will be required for projects that are considered higher risk. It can also be used for exempt projects if the researcher prefers this more detailed format. If, during the review process, it is determined that the project does not comply with the requirements for exemption then the researcher will be asked to change forms and complete. The Word version is a template form that you can save and add text to. We do not recommend using the Acrobat format (.pdf) for preparing your IRB-1 or other forms. It is recommended that the researcher save a copy of their completed form so that revisions that result from the review process can be easily incorporated.

IRB – Exempt Form

 This is a shortened version that may be used for low risk studies that comply with the federal regulations for exemption. For example, exempt projects might be typical educational projects conducted in an educational setting; low risk observations or interviews; and possibly secondary review of an existing dataset. While audio or video may be used for data collection it typically is used for transcription only and if there is dissemination it is only for a few selected clips. Exempt projects typically use codes or pseudonyms for all identifying information when research is disseminated.

The completed form should be submitted to for review.

IRB Amendment Form

When the project needs to be modified, please use this form.

For more information about this process, or which form to use please visit the Bureau of Educational Research or email us at

IRB Resources and Information

More information about the federal regulations related to exempt projects can be found at

A complete outline of human subjects issues for all investigators is located in the Investigator Handbook published by Campus IRB.

The IRB-1 Tipsheet is provided by Campus IRB and explains the IRB-1 form by section to help you complete it successfully. There are also examples of some of the sections to help you see how to complete your forms. As always, the Bureau staff can help you with the preparation of your IRB forms before submission to Campus for review.

General Letter for Coursework Project

This may be used by faculty for coursework projects in which all of an instructor's students will be doing the same, small exploratory project, i.e., observing at a preschool and there will be no publication beyond class papers. This letter and supporting documents can only be completed by the instructor and should be submitted to the Bureau of Educational Research.


Read this Guidance for Obtaining Informed Consent in School Related Research issued by Campus IRB.

This page gives you a step-by-step explanation of what is required for informed consent in research.

Go to this Campus IRB page for samples of consent forms.

Vulnerable Populations

You see on the IRB-1 the designation of vulnerable populations. Because many school projects involved minors and other vulnerable populations you should consult this Campus IRB resource on any project involving these populations.

Waiver of Informed Consent

Read this policy of Campus IRB on Waivers of Parental Permission in School Research.



This form must be used for any research project that will take place in an elementary, middle, or high school setting. Click the link above to download the form. It is now a web form and you will complete and submit it online. You can do part of it and save it to come back later to complete. When you submit the form the information you entered will be emailed to you for your records. If you need to correct any part of a submitted form, contact David Requa, Coordinator of School-University Research Relations, by email or phone (217-300-5021).

Educational Psychology Subject Pool Form

This form should be completed by faculty or students who wish to use the Educational Psychology Subject Pool as a source of subjects for their research.

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A criminal background check is required for all researchers working in schools. The Bureau of Educational Research helps facilitate this process. For more information, please download the criminal background check form.