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Non-HSC Human Subject Research

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for non-HSC, Face-to-Face (in-person) Human Subjects Research with COVID-19 Impacts. Face-to-Face human subjects research being conducted on the HSC campus should follow the May 8 memo.

The intent of this standard operating procedure (SOP) is to minimize the risk of COVID-19 disease transmission and protect the health and safety of personnel conducting face-to-face human subjects research as well as those who are participating in the research. Failure to follow this SOP may result in suspension of research.

All studies that can continue to collect data remotely should do so. As a reminder, Full Board and Expedited research studies that have not yet amended their WVU IRB protocols to include the option to conduct procedures of their research remotely (who are now collecting data remotely) using video conferencing, phone, electronic surveys, electronic consent (e-consent) and other remote methods should do so.

No in-person human subjects research can begin until approved by the department chair (or unit manager) and College Dean (or designee). If there are any required deviations from the SOP, these must be approved by the Research Office.