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Chair:
Anca Miron
(920) 424-2328
IRB Administrator
Kelly Schill
(920) 424-3375
IRB Administration
(920) 424-3215
irb@uwosh.edu

Office located in Dempsey Hall Suite 214

Report a Participant Complaint

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Tax ID: 39-1805963
DUNS: 071149041
Cage/NCAGE code: 0M5A5
Cong. District: WI-006
Cognizant Federal Agency:
Dept. of Health and Human Services
F&A Rates: 38.5% on campus; 13% off campus

Fringe Rates CLICK HERE

Mailing Address:
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Office of Sponsored Programs & Faculty Development
800 Algoma Blvd.,
Dempsey Hall 214
Oshkosh, WI 54901-8610

General Inquiry:

Phone: 920-424-3215
Fax: 920-424-3221

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Q: Is UWO IRB review required for my project?

A: Please refer to SOP #1 and the supplementary decision trees in order to determine if your project will require IRB review.  If you are uncertain, please contact the IRB at 424-3215 or  irb@uwosh.edu.

Q: What information is considered identifiable private information?
A: For a list of identifiable information check out this chart.
 Private information includes:
1) information about behavior that occurs in a context in which an individual can reasonably expect that no observation or recording is taking place, and
2) information which has been provided for specific purposes by an individual and which the individual can reasonably expect will not be made public (i.e., medical record)
Q: Is IRB review required in order to conduct an analysis of existing data?
A:  Please refer to SOP #2 to determine if the data analysis constitutes human subjects research.  The IRB Review Decision Tree #2 in SOP #1 may also be useful in determining if IRB review is required at UWO.
Q: What is the estimated time for IRB review turnaround at UW Oshkosh?
A:  Although the turnaround time may vary slightly during high volume months and the amount of communication necessary between the researcher and the IRB, the following are average review time:
Exempt Review:  1-2 weeks (conducted by Chair or IRB Administrator)

Expedited Review:  2-3 weeks (conducted by 1 or more member of the IRB assigned by the chair)                                                                                                                             Full Board Review:  3-6 weeks (conducted by convened committee which meets monthly during academic school year)

Q: Do student class assignments require IRB review?
A:   Please refer to SOP #7 to determine if your course-related project would be subject to UWO IRB review and the requirements for submission.
Q: I will be collaborating with a colleague from another Institution for a project. Is IRB review required at both Institutions?

A:  Please contact the IRB office to see if your role in the project constitutes human subjects research.  If yes, then the IRB office can determine if an IRB Authorization Agreement for a single IRB review is possible or if review will be required at both institutions.  This  depends on the role of the UWO researcher on the project, level of risk, funding source, federal wide assurance agreements, and the other Institutions IRB policies.

Q: Can you comment on the anonymity of Amazon MTurk? Although the researcher does not ask for any identifiable information and the online consent form may state the survey is anonymous, MTurk may collect IP address information.

A:  MTurk is not anonymous: Amazon has clearly stated that the MTurk platform is not meant to support participant anonymity. We are seeing this tension play out across social media research, where all kinds of identifiers are being tracked and maintained by the host or company. But—often, these data are not available to the researcher.  The researcher should not promise anonymity but rather confidentiality.  Recently, researchers found a data security vulnerability in Amazon Mechanical Turk (mTurk) that can allow mTurk worker IDs to be connected to personally identifying information that mTurk workers post on their Amazon profile pages.  For a thorough discussion of this topic, see the journal article titled “Mechanical Turk is Not Anonymous,” available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2228728.  The IRB will expect that appropriate language be included in mTurk consent scripts to alert mTurk participants to this vulnerability and explain how participant confidentiality will be protected. For example, a consent form might say “Please be aware that any work performed on Amazon MTurk can potentially be linked to information about you on your Amazon public profile page, depending on the settings you have for your Amazon profile.  We will not be accessing any personally identifying information about you that you may have put on your Amazon public.  The IRB has an example mTurk Consent Template that may be used.

Q: Is UWO IRB review required for my project?

A: Please refer to SOP #1 and the supplementary decision trees in order to determine if your project will require IRB review.  If you are uncertain, please contact the IRB at 424-3215 or  irb@uwosh.edu.

Q: What information is considered identifiable private information?
A: For a list of identifiable information check out this chart.
 Private information includes:
1) information about behavior that occurs in a context in which an individual can reasonably expect that no observation or recording is taking place, and
2) information which has been provided for specific purposes by an individual and which the individual can reasonably expect will not be made public (i.e., medical record)
Q: Is IRB review required in order to conduct an analysis of existing data?
A:  Please refer to SOP #2 to determine if the data analysis constitutes human subjects research.  The IRB Review Decision Tree #2 in SOP #1 may also be useful in determining if IRB review is required at UWO.
Q: What is the estimated time for IRB review turnaround at UW Oshkosh?
A:  Although the turnaround time may vary slightly during high volume months and the amount of communication necessary between the researcher and the IRB, the following are average review time:
Exempt Review:  1-2 weeks (conducted by Chair or IRB Administrator)

Expedited Review:  2-3 weeks (conducted by 1 or more member of the IRB assigned by the chair)                                                                                                                             Full Board Review:  3-6 weeks (conducted by convened committee which meets monthly during academic school year)

Q: Do student class assignments require IRB review?
A:   Please refer to SOP #7 to determine if your course-related project would be subject to UWO IRB review and the requirements for submission.
Q: I will be collaborating with a colleague from another Institution for a project. Is IRB review required at both Institutions?

A:  Please contact the IRB office to see if your role in the project constitutes human subjects research.  If yes, then the IRB office can determine if an IRB Authorization Agreement for a single IRB review is possible or if review will be required at both institutions.  This  depends on the role of the UWO researcher on the project, level of risk, funding source, federal wide assurance agreements, and the other Institutions IRB policies.

Q: Can you comment on the anonymity of Amazon MTurk? Although the researcher does not ask for any identifiable information and the online consent form may state the survey is anonymous, MTurk may collect IP address information.

A:  MTurk is not anonymous: Amazon has clearly stated that the MTurk platform is not meant to support participant anonymity. We are seeing this tension play out across social media research, where all kinds of identifiers are being tracked and maintained by the host or company. But—often, these data are not available to the researcher.  The researcher should not promise anonymity but rather confidentiality.  Recently, researchers found a data security vulnerability in Amazon Mechanical Turk (mTurk) that can allow mTurk worker IDs to be connected to personally identifying information that mTurk workers post on their Amazon profile pages.  For a thorough discussion of this topic, see the journal article titled “Mechanical Turk is Not Anonymous,” available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2228728.  The IRB will expect that appropriate language be included in mTurk consent scripts to alert mTurk participants to this vulnerability and explain how participant confidentiality will be protected. For example, a consent form might say “Please be aware that any work performed on Amazon MTurk can potentially be linked to information about you on your Amazon public profile page, depending on the settings you have for your Amazon profile.  We will not be accessing any personally identifying information about you that you may have put on your Amazon public.  The IRB has an example mTurk Consent Template that may be used.

Contact IRB

Chair:
Anca Miron
(920) 424-2328
IRB Administrator
Kelly Schill
(920) 424-3375
IRB Administration
(920) 424-3215
irb@uwosh.edu

Office located in Dempsey Hall Suite 214

Report a Participant Complaint

Quick Look

Tax ID: 39-1805963
DUNS: 071149041
Cage/NCAGE code: 0M5A5
Cong. District: WI-006
Cognizant Federal Agency:
Dept. of Health and Human Services
F&A Rates: 38.5% on campus; 13% off campus

Fringe Rates CLICK HERE

Mailing Address:
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Office of Sponsored Programs & Faculty Development
800 Algoma Blvd.,
Dempsey Hall 214
Oshkosh, WI 54901-8610

General Inquiry:

Phone: 920-424-3215
Fax: 920-424-3221

Need More?