Program Update: UROP & Expanding the Exempt Self Determination Tool

University policy requires that an Institutional Review Board (IRB) must review human research projects prior to the start of the research. Undergraduate students who wish to engage in faculty mentored exempt research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program ( UROP ) may now use the  Exempt Self-Determination Tool.

In addition, for all UCI researchers, the  Exempt Self-Determination Tool  has now been expanded to allow Exempt category # 4. 

Exempt research may be confirmed as Exempt via use of the  Exempt Self-Determination Tool for the following Exempt categories [1]:

Exempt Category

Abbreviated Category Description


Established or commonly accepted educational settings that specifically involves normal educational practices


Interactions involving educational tests, survey, interview procedures, or observation of public behavior (including visual or auditory recording) 


Benign behavioral interventions with the collection of information from an adult subject through verbal or written responses (including data entry) or audiovisual recording


Secondary research uses of identifiable private information or identifiable biospecimens that are publicly available, for which consent is not required


[1] There are some exceptions. Review the HRP webpages (for UROP undergraduates) (for Exempt researchers) for more information.

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