8/23/2017 Revisions to the Common Rule will require minor changes in IRB policy, protocol submission and review processes, effective Januay 1, 2018.  Oral history and similar research is specifically excluded from IRB review under the new Common Rule.  The Committee is working hrough the various changes in fall 2017, and will announce them at an appropriate time. We anticipate that the revised processes will appear much the same as the are now.

5/10/2013 Dickinson's IRB policy statement (standard operating procedures, or SOP) was approved by the IRB and the College on May 10, 2013. The SOP document replaces the original policy dated 2003.  What specifically does not change is that oral history research remains excluded from IRB review, because it does not meet the federal definition of research that is subject to regulation. The SOPs are now available here (use your Dickinson email and password to access) and as an indexed PDF on the IRB Mentor on-line submission system main page. The IRB intends to provide additional practical information - via FAQs and a Q&A - on IRB Mentor and on the IRB website, rather than integrating those in the SOP’s.  Note that the new SOP borrows substantially from that of the Fairfield University IRB where our IRB Mentor online protocol submission system was developed. FFU’s agreement to allow Dickinson's IRB to use their SOPs as a model is acknowledged with gratitude.