Research Continuity: Updated Guidance on Human Subjects Research – Social Science Division (March 27, 2020)

To: FAS Social Science Faculty
Cc: FAS Department and Program Chairs; FAS Dean’s Office; FAS Steering

Dear Colleagues,

This is an update to previously posted notice titled “Research Continuity: Human Subjects Research Guidance – Social Science Division (March 16, 2020).

As you know, all in-person non-clinical human subjects research in the FAS has been paused at least through the end of April, or until further notice. Human subjects research that can be conducted remotely (e.g., on-line, by phone, etc.) may continue, as long as it does not violate Governor Lamont’s March 20 Executive Order requiring that all staff work from home and engage in social distancing. 

If your study can continue by switching from in-person contact to remote contact, these changes to your research do not need to be submitted as a modification for IRB approval or as a Report of New Information (RNI) in IRES IRB for acknowledgment. However, in order to document the changes that were made to your research, the IRB asks that you complete the ‘Changes to Research (modifications) due to COVID-19 Impacts’ survey no later than April 1, 2020. (Please note that you should complete the survey even if your study is under the purview of an external IRB.)  If your study is continuing without changes at this time, but you decide to make changes later due to COVID-19, please complete the survey at that time.

If you have questions about the survey, please see the HRPP guidance at

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these challenging times.

Very best,

Alan and Tamar  

Alan Gerber
FAS Dean of Social Science

Tamar Szabó Gendler
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences