General Information
In order to carry out a research project involving human participants, the researcher must undergo certain training and receive approval from the IRB. There is additional permissions required for work done in a district school. You should consult with any other organizations where you might conduct research to determine what additional permissions they may require. The following outlines the process for students interested in carrying out a project requiring such permissions.

CITI Training
All individuals engaged in research involving human participants at Rhodes college must complete an ethics training program. The College provides training in the protection of human research participation (PHRP) through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). In order for your IRB application (see below) to be approved, you must complete this training module using your @rhodes.edu email address. Successful CITI training is a prerequisite of getting IRB approval.

IRB
This checklist can help determine if your research project requires IRB approval. If you are uncertain, you should inquire with your thesis advisor. If IRB approval is required, then you can find the necessary forms and templates here. Before submitting your application, have your advisor review and approve it before sending it off for institutional review and approval.

More information about IRB approval can be found here.

District Permission
If your research will be carried out in a Shelby County School, you will need to secure additional permission from the district after securing IRB approval. The application process is outlined here. According to our agreement with SCS, all application fees will be waived for master's students and applications will be processed within ten business days. Before submitting your application, have your advisor review and approve it before sending it off for district review and approval.