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Student research projects that are conducted solely for in-class work are not required to have IRB review. However, if the results of a student research project that involves human subjects will be presented or otherwise disseminated to the public, then IRB review is required.

Many student projects meet the criteria for the Not Human Subjects Research (NHSR), Exempt, or Expedited review categories. See the IRB Guidebook for Investigators for more information on IRB Review Types.
Virtual OIRB Office Hours 
Students who are planning to submit an IRB application can visit the Office of the IRB Virtual Office Hours to meet with an experienced member of the OIRB staff for a preliminary protocol review.
In advance of the office hours session, students should:
  • ​have completed most of the preliminary work in preparation for submission and
  • have specific questions regarding their application or need review of draft documents.

Office hours are offered bi-weekly on Thursdays between 11:00AM - 1:00PM. Students, researchers and research staff are able to drop in, at their convenience during the two-hour window, to have an OIRB staff member answer specific questions about human subjects research.
If Faculty Advisors are unable to answer specific questions, we encourage their participation in the Virtual Office Hours with the student. are intended to last approximately 15 minutes.



To prepare for their appointment, students are asked to

To attend the next OIRB Virtual Office Hours, visit the UAB Campus Calendar for the virtual meeting information. If you have any questions, contact the Office of the IRB at 205-934-3789 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..