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Human Subjects Research (HRPP/IRB)


DU HRPP and IRB COVID-19 Recommendations
As DU continues to restart research on campus and in the community, the Office of Research Integrity & Education (ORIE) is responding and implementing procedural changes to continue to protect University of Denver investigators, research participants, and the on-going research projects that are conducted in our labs. The IRB continues to accept and process submissions while being observant of the guidelines outlined in the DU COVID-19 Protocols for Research, Scholarship, & Creative Work guidance.

Reopening or incorporating in-person interactions or interventions with research
Any PI planning to conduct in-person human subjects research is required to submit an addendum as outlined in the Addendum template to document precautions that will be taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. Provided the PI submits the addendum appropriately, the DU IRB will not require current IRB-approved projects to be modified or other new submissions to incorporate the COVID-19 restrictions and safety protocols.

This Addendum for Conducting Human Subjects Research to Incorporate the COVID-19 Restrictions may be: (1) posted as a separate document when submitting a new research project application in IRBNet; or (2) posted as a separate document within an amendment request for a currently approved project (i.e., submitted alone within an Amendment/Modification package in IRBNet). This Addendum addresses only the additional steps that PIs must incorporate into a currently approved or new human subjects research project if in-person interactions will occur during the COVID-19 pandemic. Investigators have the option to (1) adhere to this Addendum as written and submit it in IRBNet without changes; or (2) customize the document for use with a research protocol and consent documents.

Need Guidance or Information on COVID-19?
Please refer to the DU COVID-19 website for additional guidance and information.

Need to Request an IRB Consultation?
Your questions are important. If your human subjects research-related questions have not been answered in the FAQs or by your supervisor, please submit your question or request a consultation through the We will respond directly and potentially by adding these answers to our FAQs.

Please know that the Office of Research Integrity & Education (ORIE) staff is here to provide guidance, resources, and support to assist researchers during this challenging time.