If I am conducting my research at a non-WGU site from whom do I need approval?

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If I am conducting my research at a non-WGU site from whom do I need approval?

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Since your degree program is administered by WGU, it may not be necessary to receive approval from another institution's IRB; WGU's IRB review and approval usually suffices. Be aware, though, that in addition to the informed consent of study participants, if you plan to conduct research at a cooperating institution's or organization's site or use their resources, you will need to obtain permission from an authority of the site (e.g., principal, supervisor, etc.) before WGU approval may be granted. The approval may take the form of the site authority's signature on the informed consent document or a separate approval on letterhead with appropriate signature. Site approval is needed when:

 

  1. Research is conducted on their premises
  2. Research subjects are recruited from their institutions
  3. Data is gathered from the staff or records of these institutions
  4. The research involves the use of organizational resources such as a company directory, database or computer, space in their building, or the organization's broadband connection.

 

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