Office of Research Search

Minimal Review Criteria

To be eligible for the Minimal Review the following criteria has to be met:

  • Research does not involve minors (0-17), mentally incapacitated participants, known pregnant women, or prisoners.
  • Surveys which deal with sensitive and private aspects of behavior, such as sexual preference, substance abuse, or illegal conduct are not eligible for minimal review.
  • Research involves normal educational practices, such as research on regular special education instructional strategies or research on the effective need of instructional techniques, curriculum, or classroom management records.
  • Research involves anonymous educational tests, surveys, or interviews, only if the participant is not identified.
  • Research involves evaluating or examining a public benefit or service program, such as welfare, Medicaid, unemployment, and Social Security; no subjects are identified, contacted, or interviewed.
  • Research involves analysis of data that are routinely complied by the public office that administers the program.
  • Research involves archival data only if the data are publicly available, subjects can not be identified, and no direct or indirect subject identifiers can be linked to the subject.
  • Research does not involve the review and use of Medical Records.
  • Research involving archival data that includes even a one-way identifier, such as a code that can be used to identify a subject disqualifies the research for minimal review.
Submission Checklist for Minimal Review
  • IRB Application to Determine Eligibility for Minimal Review with all sections completed and signed by the Principal Investigator
  • Required Training for Principal Investigator and Research Assistants
  • Appendices explaining protocol (e.g., tables, charts, diagrams)
  • Recruitment materials, if any, including:
  • Copies of ads, notices or flyers
    • Telephone script used for recruiting
    • Pamphlets
  • Consent Documents, dated, and written in lay language (4th-6th grade level)
  • Letters of Support from other departments, sites, and institutions
  • Data Collection Sheets
  • Other IRB approvals when applicable
  • Questionnaires and survey instruments (if applicable)