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Enhanced Screening Practice Regarding Minors

Please see the following letter from Dr. Colleen P. Gilrane, Chair of the Institutional Review Board, regarding a new enhanced screening practice for all research involving minors.

July 14, 2014

Dear Colleagues:

Recently President Joe DiPietro announced a new safety policy to protect minors participating in cam pus programs. The University has committed to promoting a safe environment for minors by fostering a University culture that is committed to preventing, recognizing and reporting and ad dressing child abuse and child sexual abuse.  As part of the University’s duty to provide a safe environment for minors who are present on the University of Tennessee campus or who have direct contact with members of the UT community, a new policy was implemented on January 1, 2014. Safety Policy 0575 can be viewed in its entirety at the following link: http://policy.tennessee.edu/safety_policy/sa0575/.

Effective immediately, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) will enhance screening practices for anyone who plans to conduct research with minors. Specifically, anyone (faculty, students, or other covered adults) who conducts research that involves minors must submit certification received from registering and completing all of the requirements outlined within the Policy on Programs with Minors http://www.utk.edu/policycentral/minors/.

Certification is managed by the office of Brian Browning, who is the Director of Administrative and Support Services. This certification will be necessary prior to the committee moving forward with full approval of a submitted project.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us (irb@utk.edu) with any questions or concerns.

Colleen P. Gilrane, Ph.D.
Chair, Institutional Review Board
University of Tennessee, Knoxville