If a Field Experience involves research (this includes focus groups, personal interviews, data analysis and more) with human subjects, then approval from the USF IRB-Human Research Protection Program may be needed. Follow the steps below:
- Step 1: Students should consult with their faculty advisor. Be prepared to have an in depth discussion about the particulars of the field experience. Ideally, this conversation should be held as soon as the field experience is secured and 1 year in advance.
- Step 2: If it is determined that IRB approval is needed, then follow the instructions on the website link below. The student’s faculty advisor will serve as mentor and help navigate the IRB application and review process. https://www.research.usf.edu/dric/hrpp/.