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External Investigator Responsibilities
External Investigator Responsibilities:
The following pertains to the responsibilities of investigators from external agencies who wish to engage SCSU, its faculty, students, or staff in research. Please determine the category into which your project may be placed and proceed accordingly.
Investigators from external institutions who wish to recruit SCSU students, faculty, staff or administrators as research participants may do so without SCSU IRB review providing the recruitment activities are completely passive. Passive recruitment may involve activities such as: posting flyers on campus which meet SCSU IRB requirement of presenting home institution IRB approval stamp/number. Flyers must be approved by the SCSU IRB; contacting potential participants by email as long as the email addresses are not supplied by the university and the script of the email has been approved by the SCSU IRB; contacting potential participants by direct mail as long as the mail addresses were not supplied by the university and the script of the recruitment letter has been approved by the SCSU IRB; recruiting by advertisement in the campus newspaper Southern News, providing the advertisement has been approved by both the IRB and the paper’s editorial board. Recruiting by phone or in person is disallowed.
If recruiting passively, external investigators must:
Submit to the SCSU IRB:
- A narrative explaining the study for which SCSU persons are being asked to participate;
- Written plans for recruitment activities;
- A copy of any intended flyer, script or advertisement to be used in recruitment;
- IRB exemption/approval/permission from the institution at which the research originated.
Then. . .
- Wait for written acknowledgement from the SCSU IRB, indicating that you may proceed with recruitment.
Investigators from external institutions who wish to aggressively recruit SCSU students, faculty, staff or administrators, and/or conduct research on the SCSU campus must obtain a SCSU faculty, staff or administrator sponsor and submit an SCSU IRB Application Packet for Human Research Review. An IRB approval/exemption letter and/or project permission from the institution at which the research originated must accompany the proposal.
An IRB Application Packet for Human Research Review may be found online at: