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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice And Corrections
Agency 16. Department of Corrections
Chapter 20. Regulations for Human Subject Research

6VAC16-20-90. Research exempt from HSRRC review.

The following are exempt from HSRRC review:

1. Department of Corrections studies, program evaluations, and routine data analyses for management purposes.

2. Research conducted by the Department of Corrections and any of its organizational units in established or commonly accepted educational settings, involving commonly used educational practices, such as:

a. Research on regular and special education instructional strategies.

b. Research on the effectiveness of, or the comparison among, instructional techniques, curriculum, or classroom management methods.

3. Research involving required department survey procedures, unless responses are recorded in such a manner that participants can be identified, directly or through identifiers linked to the participants, and either:

a. Participant responses, if they become known outside the research, could reasonably place a participant at risk of criminal or civil liability or be damaging to a participant's financial standing, employability, or reputation; or

b. The research deals with sensitive aspects of a participant's own behavior, such as sexual behavior, drug or alcohol use, illegal conduct, or family planning.

4. Research involving solely the collection or study of existing data, documents, records, or pathological or diagnostic specimens if these sources are publically available or if the information taken from these sources is recorded in such a manner that participants cannot be identified, either directly or through identifiers linked to the participants.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-10 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 39, Issue 10, eff. March 1, 2023.

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