Committee on the Use of Human Subjects in Research (CUHSR)
Introduction and Background
The Committee on the Use of Human Subjects in Research (CUHSR) is charged with the review of research involving human subjects in order to protect those subjects. CUHSR assumes the duties of the IRB (Institutional Review Board) and ensures compliance with Federal Regulations regarding human subjects in research. CUHSR also will review some protocols involving human subjects that may not fall strictly within the scope of the federal definition of research. Some Quality Assurance/Improvement activities would fall into this category. Bradley University has Federal Wide Assurance which is an agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services to follow the federal regulations (45 CFR 46.103) for research that is conducted by or supported by a federal agency. These federal regulations serve as the bases for all processes and procedures conducted by the committee.
Illinois has moved into Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois COVID response. All non-remote, or non-virtual research approved at Bradley may resume with whatever restrictions that align the IDPH guidelines. For research protocols requiring in-person interactions, social distancing and face coverings will need to be in alignment with the IDPH guideline See https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19.html. Additionally, 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 new research protocols that involve in-person contact should still 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 equitably treat vaccinated and not-vaccinated individuals as appropriate to your protocol and unique setting.