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ANNOUNCEMENT:  The Human Subjects Committee office has moved!  Our new location is on the third floor of the A Wing of Woody Hall, room 321. The Mail Code is still 4709.

The SIUC Human Subjects Committee is responsible for reviewing all human-subjects research projects, regardless of discipline or funding source, conducted by individuals affiliated with SIUC, including students. This review protects not only the human subjects involved in a research project, but also the researcher and, by extension, the University.  No research involving human subjects should be conducted before determining if the research is subject to HSC review and, if so, receives HSC approval.

Does your project require HSC review?  Answer the following questions:

  1. Is it Human Subjects?
    1. Will you be collecting data directly through intervention or interaction with people, such as interviews, procedures, or questionnaires?
    2. Will you be collecting data indirectly about individuals from an existing source of data?
    3. Will the data you collect be linkable to an individual by name or any other identifier, or by deductive reasoning?
    4. Will the data you collect be used now or at a later time as part of a research project?
    5. Does the data you plan to collect involve children, prisoners, persons with diminished mental capacity, persons in a residential program, or clients of a human service program?
  2. Is it Research?
    1. Is the intent of the project to conduct a systematic investigation in order to contribute to generalizable knowledge?  
    2. Is the project part of a written honors project, thesis, or dissertation or will the results of the research be published in a peer-reviewed journal?

If you answered “YES” to any question in part A, AND either question in part B, you MUST submit an application to the HSC for determination of review requirements.  If you are unsure if your research requires submission of an application, please contact the HSC office to discuss your project.  Failure to submit an application for research that requires Human Subjects Committee review can leave the researcher subject to liability and prevent the publication of the research results.

To submit a project for review, first familiarize yourself with the committee procedures and the Human Subjects Guide. Then fill out and submit a Human Subjects Research Application (see below). (Researchers, please note: Some aspects of the committee procedures have recently been revised; see the last three sections of that document in particular.)

Class Projects: Students and faculty should read Section 7.3 of the Human Subjects Guide for more information. Plan ahead. If a class project has to be reviewed by the committee, the project may be delayed for several weeks before it is finally approved.

Contact Information:

Karen Rowland

Program Services Aide, Human Subjects Committee

Woody Hall 321