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IRB notice to PAU Researchers: Planning for Coronavirus Impact on Research Activities

IRB notice to PAU Researchers: Planning for Coronavirus Impact on Research Activities

Dear PAU Research Community: 

You are all aware of the evolving situation regarding COVID-19. The President’s Cabinet is closely monitoring updates and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

For the safety of PAU faculty, students, and research participants, we are providing the following recommendations to help researchers prepare for the possibility that in-person research activities at the university or in the community must be suspended.  

1. If your research activities occur online but you usually meet with the research team in person, plan to use zoom as an alternative to in-person meetings. Your online activities can continue uninterrupted.

2. If your research activities occur in person, consider whether an online alternative that still protects your subjects’ privacy and confidentiality and does not compromise the scientific integrity of the study. If so, file a modification with the IRB to allow the use of either the in-person or online option, so that you are ready to immediately transition to the online option if such a need arises. If no need arises, you may continue with your in-person approved procedures uninterrupted.

3.  If your research involves in-person treatment sessions, please contact us to determine the best strategies for protecting your subjects if you are unable to meet with them for a period of time.

You may also want to consider filing a modification your protocol to allow for more session cancellations due to illness (e.g., if missing a certain number of sessions currently can lead to being removed from the study) as well as a plan to communicate this change to your subjects. This may prevent individuals who are having symptoms from attending sessions out of fear of dismissal from the study.

Please note no changes in the study procedures should be implemented prior to the IRB approval.

We encourage you to submit a modification as soon as possible. If the modifications involve a change that impacts subjects’ experience (meeting online instead of in person), your modification request should include a plan for notifying currently enrolled subjects of the plan.

Please contact us with any questions.

Amanda M. Fanniff, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Palo Alto University

1791 Arastradero Rd.

Palo Alto, CA 94304

(650) 383-7367


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