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COVID-19 Resources

Northwestern University is actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, with particular focus on the health and well-being of the university community, as well as on the continuity of university operations. This page contains resources and guidance that can used to conduct human subjects research during this time. This page is routinely monitored and updated, and all members of the Northwestern community are advised to check back regularly for new information.


July 09, 2020

FAQs on Submitting RNI vs MOD for Changes to Study Conduct Due to COVID-19

July 02, 2020

VPR Communication: Next Steps in the Phased Return to Campus

June 19, 2020

IRB Office Guidelines for Return of Human Research Activities to Campus (Updated)

COVID-19 Pre-Screener (Updated)

May 28, 2020

VPR Communication: Research Buildings Reopening

May 22, 2020

VPR Communication on Research Return to Campus

May 22, 2020

IRB Office Guidelines for Safe Return to Campus Research

COVID-19 Pre-Screener

March 18, 2020

Office for Research COVID-19 Memorandum: Temporary Policy on Research Study Visits

March 12, 2020

IRB Office COVID-19 Memo to Research Community

Current news and updates for the following:

Tips for Performing Virtual/Remote Human Subjects Research

General Study Management:
Record Keeping:
  • Ensure that private/confidential documents are saved on secure Northwestern devices and servers – do NOT save any study-related documentation to your personal devices
    • See NUIT’s guidance on protecting research records here
  • If a study is conducted without a Waiver of Documentation of Consent, consider utilizing a Documentation of Consent Process form to fully document the written consent process
    • If a study is using online/verbal consent, the consent process must still be documented
    • Resources for documenting consent and other study activities can be found on the IRB Website under Study Support Resources and Templates

Federal Guidance on COVID-19