Types of Institutional Review

As is detailed in section IV of the college's IRB documentation, there are three types of IRB review:

  • full (which must be presented to the full IRB),
  • expedited (reviewed by the chair and selected members of the IRB), and
  • exempt (determined by the IRB chair).

The distinctions are made depending on the level of risk that research may present to participants. For the most part SOTL research tends to fall within the "exempt" category and so only needs to be reviewed by the IRB chair.

Do note that some kinds of classroom assessments are not considered "research" according to federal guidelines and so require no review at all. The following sections are meant to help you determine whether or not your project requires submission to the IRB and what submission entails.