In-Person Research Requirements

In-Person Human Subjects Research Requirements

Due to COVID-19 precautions, any human subjects research study that can be conducted remotely should move forward with online procedures and forgo in-person engagement. Following guidance from New York State and Teachers College, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is reviewing proposals for the in-person data collection on a case-by-case basis. During natural or unnatural (person-made) disasters and humanitarian crises, researchers must establish extra safeguards to protect participants engaged in research. Please review the Preparedness Research page for the latest information about in-person study suspensions. For COVID-19 research-related questions, please review the Ethics Amid Uncertainty FAQs or Adapting Research in an Emergency before contacting the IRB office ( or 212-678-4105). 

The Research Compliance & Safety Committee created a Preparing Researchers for In-Person Engagement Information Packet available to the TC research community via Google Folders. Please review this packet in conjunction with the below requirements.

If you have any questions about engaging in person you can review this contact list and contact the appropriate department. If you have questions about human subjects research, review the TC IRB website, or contact TC IRB directly

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Training Modules

Complete the Ethics Amid Uncertainty trainings. Upload the completion certificates to Mentor IRB/PI Documentation. 

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Job Safety Assessment (JSA)

Research labs and centers should coordinate with the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) to schedule a JSA. Upload the completed JSA with your IRB protocol.

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Site Permissions

On-Campus Studies: Researchers must follow TC's visitor policy

Off-Campus Studies: upload a Site Permission Template form to Mentor IRB.

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Research Safety Monitor (RSM)

Each lab or center lead should complete an RSM agreement and prepare to submit it alongside your IRB protocol.

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Contacts, Safety Plan, & Ramp Down Checklist

Prepare a contact list and safety plan in case of an emergency. Modify the Ramp Down Checklist for your lab or center.

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IRB Review & Approval

Complete and submit a new protocol or modification to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Reply to revisions and wait to obtain approval.

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Commence In-Person Research

After IRB Approval: Once all approvals have been received, researchers can begin in-person study activities.

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