Date Updated
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Approved by:  Human Protections Administrator, Director of OPRS, and Executive IRB Chair
AAHRPP Elements:  II.4. A., II.4.B., III.1.C., III.1.F..


  1. The UIC IRB ensures that additional safeguards are included in the research design to protect the rights and welfare of research participants who have limited autonomy and are at risk for coercion and undue influence.
  2. In addition to the populations covered by subparts B (pregnant women, human fetuses and neonates), C (prisoners) and D (children), UIC policy also requires the IRB to consider the need for additional protections when reviewing research involving other groups who may be subject to coercion or undue influence temporarily or permanently.  These other potentially vulnerable populations include subjects who:
    1. are susceptible to coercion or undue influence (e.g., the homeless, prisoners, UIC employees or students involved in research in an educational setting, and economically or educationally disadvantaged subjects, terminally ill, patients with limited or no treatment options, socially and economically disadvantaged);.
    2. lack comprehension of the research and its potential risks (e.g., educationally disadvantaged, dementia, schizophrenia, depression);
    3. have increased susceptibility to harm from the procedures of the specific study under review (e.g., individuals who would have to answer study survey questions about their sexual assault); and
    4. are at risk for economic, social, or legal consequences from the study (e.g., individuals who would have to answer study survey questions about their drug use or HIV status)