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There are two categories of decentral reviewers supporting exempt reviews at Alverno.

    •  RRC Decentral Reviewers

    •  IRB Direct-Certified Decentral Reviewers


All decentral reviewers affirm that they will refrain from participating in exempt determinations when they may have a conflict of interest.

RRC Decentral Reviewers, as their name implies, make determinations for exempt requests in the context of a particular Research Review Committee. These reviewers are assigned and receive School specific training by the Research Review Committee.

IRB Direct-Certified Decentral Reviewers make exempt determinations outside of the context of one of Alverno’s RRCs. These include the following:

  • exempt determinations where no appropriate RRC exists
  • exempt determinations using the Streamlined Alverno Educator Request for Educational Research Exemption
  • exempt determinations for research proposed by researchers not affiliated with Alverno College (external researchers)
  • a waiver or altering of Informal Consent and/or its documentation is required

The following Alverno Affiliated individuals are IRB Direct-Certified Decentral Reviewers

  • Donna Engelmann (Acting IRB Chair)
  • Catherine Knuteson
  • Paul Smith (IRB Chair on sabbatical)
  • Glen Rogers (IRB Administrator)

RESEARCH REVIEW COMMITTEE: A standing committee at Alverno delegated by the Alverno IRB to conduct determinations of exemption of research from IRB review. When located within a School at Alverno (e.g., School of Nursing), the Committee also ensures that student research conforms to the School’s educational policy for protecting human subjects. {Alverno}
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