Requirements for in-person human subjects research

From: Alyssa Haase, HRPP Administrator; Monica Biernat, Distinguished Professor & IRB Chair
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2021, 9 a.m.
To: KU Lawrence human subjects PIs

Dear Human Subjects Research Community,

As we progress through the spring semester, we wanted to send a reminder about requirements for working in person with human subjects.

At this time, the HRPP is reviewing requests for in-person research on a case-by-case basis, using our COVID-19 Risk Matrix (.pdf) as a guide. The complete vaccination status (more than 2 weeks after the second shot) of the research team will be considered in the risk assessment, along with current safety recommendations from the CDC and local health department, and potential participant vulnerability to COVID-19 exposure through the proposed research methods and location.

Please note that departmental approval of a safety plan for reactivation of research in KU facilities does not cover approval for in-person human subjects research. 

Specific approval from the HRPP is required to restart in-person human subjects research. Please see instructions for submitting a request for reactivating in-person research.

The HRPP will host a virtual opportunity to ask questions about requesting in-person reactivation:

Zoom Drop-in 
Friday, April 2 | 12 – 1 p.m. 
Register on Zoom

If you cannot attend the Zoom session, please send questions to

Center directors + department chairs: Please forward this message to all faculty and staff who engage in human subjects research.


Alyssa Haase
HRPP Administrator

Monica Biernat
IRB Chair