Committee on the Use of Human Subjects in Research (CUHSR)
Introduction and Background
Since Illinois has moved into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois, non-remote, or non-virtual research approved at Bradley may resume with restrictions that align the IDPH guidelines. For research protocols requiring in-person interactions, social distancing and face coverings will be required as well as respecting capacity limitations (gathering of 50 people or fewer permitted). See https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-phase-4. Additionally, other adaptations should be considered such as ensuring that hand sanitizer and handwashing facilities are readily available and encouraged, and establishing rigorous disinfecting protocols for study equipment or manipulatives.
Investigators with current protocols that are restarting should submit a modification form for approval that explains the change in the protocol that complies with the current restrictions. Additionally, if the research is being conducted off-campus at a facility, a letter should be obtained from that facility that gives permission to continue the research and that affirms the facility is enforcing the IDPH restrictions. Considerations should be made to use virtual and digital processes to limit in-person contact when able.
Investigators with new research protocols that involve in-person contact should include in their application how they are applying the restrictions and all the steps they are taking to mitigate COVID-19 exposure. Consideration should be made to at this time to not include populations that may be at more risk of serious consequences of COVID if acquired. Considerations should be made to use virtual and digital processes to limit in-person contact when able