The "Save and Resume" function will let you return to this form up to 30 days later.
to view a video playlist containing an introduction to the ethics review process as well as the specific sections of this form.
Due to the logic branching in this form that determines which questions apply to your study, it is not recommended that you go back to a previous page in the form to change previous answers. If this needs to be done, it is best to start fresh in a new form.
Your responses to this form will allow Walden's Office of Research Ethics and Compliance (OREC) to determine which ethics form(s), partner approvals, and Institutional Review Board (IRB) review steps your project would require in order to be in compliance with federal regulations and university policies, which include the following:
-protection of human subjects
-ethical partnerships with partner organizations
-alignment with the University's social change mission
-appropriate usage of scholarly tools
All doctoral program studies require ethics approval from OREC, even those that might be considered exempt from IRB oversight at other institutions.
After reviewing the applicant’s responses within this form, OREC will email the applicant one of the following within 10 business days:
(a) a list of the documents and approvals that will be required for ethics approval of the proposed project; or
(b) a request for more information in order to determine which forms and documentation are needed for ethics approval of the project.
Directions for doctoral students:
You may submit this form any time after your chair has uploaded the proposal for the URR into the MyDR system.
Please note that ethics approval cannot be finalized until after the proposal is fully approved in the MyDR system. (OREC will be automatically notified when this occurs and will reach out to you within 2 business days to ask you to update your IRB documents with any minor changes that were made as a result of the proposal approval process).
Data collection that is begun prior to receiving explicit IRB approval from IRB@mail.waldenu.edu does not qualify for academic credit toward degree requirements. Researchers may NOT begin recruiting individual participants (i.e., obtaining consent form signatures) prior to IRB approval. However, researchers MAY communicate with partner organizations about the logistics of the partnership prior to IRB approval.
Student researchers must remain enrolled in a course with their faculty supervisor during data collection.