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Guidance Documents

The following documents provide investigators with information that will be helpful for meeting the standards set by the CU-Boulder IRB and by the Federal Regulations for the protection of human subjects in research. Additional topics will be added on an ongoing basis.

Advertising and Recruitment
Guidelines for ads used in recruitment.

Classroom Research Projects
What should I consider before conducting classroom research?

Criteria for IRB Approval
Excerpted from the regulations at 45 CFR 46.111.

Data Security
Guidelines for how to ensure confidentiality of subjects' data and manage data in accordance with CU Boulder Policy.

Deception and Incomplete Disclosure
Giving false information and withholding information from research participants.

Focus Groups
What should I consider when designing a focus group protocol?

HRP-104: BROCHURE - Should I Take Part In Research?
Some things you should know before deciding to participate in research.

IRB Authorization Agreement Guidance
What is an IAA? How can I apply for an IAA?

Pre-Screening of Potential Participants - Currently unavailable - Please see "Pre-screening Consent Script" on Forms & Templates page.
How to gather information about potential participants before consent is obtained.

Research in Public Schools
Guidance for PIs conducting research in the public school system.

Responsibilities when Conducting Human Subjects Research
What are the PI's responsibilities? Key Personnel? Faculty Advisor?

Standards and Language for Studies Involving MRI
Protocol standards and language, consent form example language.

Students as Research Subjects: How to Avoid Undue Influence and Coercion
Guidance explaining how one may avoid undue influence and coercion when using students as research subjects.

Waiver of Written Documentation of Informed Consent and Verbal Consent
How to get verbal (oral) consent in place of written consent.

Waiver of Informed Consent
Guidance for requesting a Waiver of some or all elements of Informed Consent.

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