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Research Ethics and Integrity program offers updates for Miami research community

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Using course evaluations for research requires approval from the Provost’s Office.

Use of institutional course evaluations for research

As a reminder, it is Miami University policy that use of course evaluations for research purposes requires approval from the Provost’s Office. Instructors do not have the authority to provide course evaluation information to researchers. It is implicit in the course evaluation system that the evaluation data is to be used for course improvement only. Most assessments of teaching methods employ data collection separate from course evaluations, which can include examination of submitted materials and/or test scores. An application must be submitted and approved prior to public use of normal course materials. A passive consent/notification process may be used for past students and their de-identified data (instructors remove identifiers from narrative responses) and an active consent process is used for current and future students. Read the policy.

Human subjects research: Level 1 screening — use of pre-existing data

This form is appropriate when Miami researchers are obtaining data that was collected by someone else or under the IRB approval of another institution. Data from Miami IRB-approved protocols being provided to new personnel, if de-identified, can be used for analysis under the original approval. If identifiers are included, the new personnel can be added using a personnel modification form. This form may be used for:

  • Research using data that is publicly available,
  • Data collected by non-Miami personnel, and
  • Research collected at another institution by current Miami personnel under IRB approval at that institution (e.g. transferring de-identified data)

Access the Level 1 application form.

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