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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 university policies and federal regulations.
The Office of Research Ethics and Compliance (OREC) is charged with ensuring that every study affiliated with the university meets the institution's ethical standards. This includes the protection of human subjects as well as ethical partnerships with sites and appropriate usage of scholarly tools. All doctoral capstones 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. Student researchers must remain enrolled in a course with their faculty supervisor during data collection.
Researchers may NOT begin recruiting individual participants (i.e., obtaining consent form signatures) prior to IRB approval.