Human Subjects Review (HSR)

Human Subjects Research Not Supported by Evergreen's IRB

Evergreen cannot adequately review and approve some kinds of research

As a small institution devoted to undergraduate teaching, the college does not have the expertise and capacity to provide adequate review and oversight of some classes of human subjects research. Because of this, the college is unable to permit certain kinds of research. This list includes but may not be limited to:

  • Research led by students (graduate or undergraduate) that presents more than minimal risk of harm.
  • Research involving individual, identifiable genetic information.
  • Research involving human abortuses or fetuses.
  • Medical trials.
  • Research that exposes pregnant women to more than minimal risk or to any invasive physical procedure.
  • Research involving prisoners.

It may be possible for researchers to engage in these types of projects if approved and overseen by an external IRB. Use of an external IRB for college-sponsored research must be approved by the IRB administrator and the vice president in the college division where the research will be conducted. The college, however, may not be able to cover cost for external IRB review and oversight. 

Investigators must have adequate training and experience

Evergreen will not support human subjects research unless the researcher has the demonstrated experience and training to mitigate foreseeable risks.  Students in particular may not engage in projects that present more than minimal risks to subjects unless the project is led by a faculty or staff member with primary responsibility for the design, conduct, and reporting of the research.