Self Exemption Determination
UC Merced's Self Exemption Tool will launch on Monday, December 12, 2022.
The Self Exemption Tool may be used to self-determine certain types of exempt research at UCM. Exceptions do apply. The Self Exemption Tool is initiated through Cayuse Human Ethics, and utilizes the same initial submission form as all other IRB studies.
If your study qualifies for self-exemption, complete the initial submission in Cayuse Human Ethics and select "Yes" to the self-exemption question in the first section of the submission application. Complete the required sections and submit. Upon receipt our office will issue an acknowledgement letter for your study.
As part the Self Exemption Tool process, UCM IRB review is not required and will not be provided.
The Self Exemption process still requires all study personnel to complete human subjects research training. For instructions on CITI training, click here: link to Box video
For studies that are submitted to the IRB where the Self Exemption Tool may be used instead, the study will be returned to the researcher to self-determine. In addition, amendments to studies that have undergone the self-determination process are to be maintained independently.
No amendments should be submitted in Cayuse Human Ethics. Do submit an IRB Application if a change to the self-determined protocol results in the study no longer being eligible for self-determination.
For exempt or expedited studies that require UCM IRB review, Principal Investigators must submit an IRB Application in Cayuse Human Ethics. As part of using the Self Exemption Tool, Principal Investigators provide their assurance that they will follow relevant IRB policies and procedures, among other criteria. If there are any questions, please contact the IRB office.
The Self-Exemption Determination policy can be found here.
An Instructional Manual can be found here.