Stephen F. Austin State University

Exemption, Submission & Forms

Determining IRB Exemption

Please answer the following questions to determine if your research qualifies for IRB Exemption:

  1. Are your participants younger than 18 years of age?
  2. Are you using deception as part of your study?
  3. Will participants be asked to report their own or others' sexual experiences, alcohol or drug use, and will their identities be known to you?
  4. Are the participants' data directly or indirectly identifiable, and could these data place subjects at risk of criminal or civil liability, or might they be damaging to the subjects' financial standing, employability or reputation?
  5. Will you be recording the subjects' participation by video or audio for reasons other than transcription?
  6. Are any participants confined in a correctional or detention facility, including involuntary assignment to community-based alternatives to incarceration (drug treatment facilities, etc.)?
  7. Are participants involved who may not be legally/mentally/cognitively competent?
  8. Are personal records (medical, academic, etc.) used with identifiers and without written consent?
  9. Will alcohol or drugs be administered to the subjects?
  10. Will blood/body fluids be drawn from participants?

If you answer "NO" to all the above questions, then your research may be EXEMPT. Please complete the "Application for Exempt Research." Please note that the SFA IRB could determine your research does not qualify for exemption. If that is the case, you will receive an email indicating so.

If you answer "YES" to any of the above questions, then your research is NOT EXEMPT, and you need to complete the non-exempt application "Application for Expedited or Full Board Research" (see section, "Applications").

Application Submission to the IRB

After determining if your research qualifies for IRB Exemption, please select and complete the APPROPRIATE application from the Forms list. Next, send an email with your attached application and supporting materials ( e.g., recruiting materials, survey questions, interview guide, site approval letter, etc.) to

Please note: if the application is sent from the PI's or Chair's/Dean's office SFA email account, then a physical signature is not required.


IRB Application for Expedited or Full Review Research

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Updated: Thursday, August 31, 2023

IRB Review of Student Research and Class Projects Decision Chart

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Updated: Thursday, February 06, 2020

Application for Class Project

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Updated: Thursday, December 12, 2019

Class Projects Rules

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Updated: Friday, December 13, 2019

Application for Exempt Research

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Updated: Thursday, August 31, 2023

Application for Extension or Modification of Project

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Updated: Thursday, August 30, 2018