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Exemption Categories

Exemption 1

Research conducted in commonly accepted educational settings involving normal education practices – such as:
(a) research on regular and special ed. instructional strategies, or
(b) research on effectiveness of or comparison among instructional techniques, curricula, or classroom management methods

Exemption 2


Research involving only the use of:
educational tests, (cognitive, diagnostic, aptitude, achievement)
survey procedures,
interview procedures, or
observation of public behavior UNLESS.
information is obtained in a way that subjects can be identified, directly or through identifiers linked to the subjects;
any disclosure of responses outside of the research could place the subject at risk of criminal or civil liability or be damaging to their financial standing, employability, or reputation.

To be eligible for this exemption,

  • the information must be recorded anonymously with or without placing the subject at risk... OR
  • the information may be recorded with identifiers AND not place the subject at risk....

Note: this exemption can only be used with children if it involves observations of public behavior where researcher is not participating;  surveys and interviews are not eligible

Exemption 3

Research using educational tests if subjects are elected or appointed officials or any federal statute requires confidentiality of personally identifiable data throughout the research and after.

Exemption 4

Research involving collection or study of existing data, documents, records or specimens if the sources are publicly available or
if data are recorded in a way that subjects can’t be identified.

Note: to qualify for this exemption the data must have been collected before this research was proposed

Exemption 5

Research on public benefit or service programs

Exemption 6

Taste and food quality evaluation and consumer acceptance studies