- Risks of conducting Human Subjects Research (external link)
- Recruitment Material Guidance (pdf)
- Informed Consent Guidance (Consent Templates Included Here)
- Informed Consent Checklist - Basic and Additional Elements (external link)
- Program for Readability in Science and Medicine (PRISM) (external link)
- Program for Readability in Science and Medicine (PRISM) Toolkit (pdf-external link)
- OHRP: General Informed Consent Requirements video
- Child Assent/Parental Permission Guidance (Parental Permission Template Included Here)
- Research Involving People with Intellectual Disabilities: Paint it Gray (pdf)
- The Role and Responsibilities of the Faculty Advisor (pdf)
- Dissertation Checklist (pdf)
- International Research (external link)
Categories of Sensitive Information
- Information relating to sexual attitudes, preferences, or practices.
- Information relating to the use of alcohol, drugs, or other addictive products.
- Information pertaining to illegal conduct.
- Information that, if released, could reasonably damage an individual's financial standing, employability, or reputation within the community.
- Information that would normally be recorded in a patient's medical record and the disclosure of which could reasonably lead to social stigmatization or discrimination.
- Information pertaining to an individual's psychological well-being or mental health.
- Genetic information.
Special Subject Populations
- Minors (under 18 years of age). Please contact the Office of Research Integrity and Outreach.
- Fetuses or products of labor and delivery
- Pregnant women (in studies that may influence maternal health)
- Individuals with a diminished capacity to give informed consent
- University of Southern Maine Policies, Procedures and Guidance For Human Subjects Research (pdf)
- Revised Common Rule Addendum Standard Operating Procedure
- Student Classroom Project's Standard Operating Procedures (pdf)
- Social Work Undergraduate Student Projects' Standard Operating Procedure (pdf)
- Protocol Violation Standard Operating Procedures (pdf)
- Unanticipated Problems & Adverse Events Standard Operating Procedure (pdf)
- NonCompliance Standard Operating Procedures (pdf)
- Expired IRB Protocols (pdf)
- Departing Primary Investigator (PI) Standard Operating Procedures (pdf)
- External Investigator Recruitment (pdf)
- MIYHS Confidentiality Agreement - IRB Requirement (pdf)
- Exemption to UMS W-9 Policy (pdf)
- University of Maine System Institutional Review Policy – IRB Review of UMS Cooperative Research (external link)
- Information Security Policies & Standards
- The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
- University of Maine Information Security Policy & Standards (external link)
- UMS APL: Employee Protection of Data (pdf) Type of Data - Type of Device:
- Table 1: Internally Hosted Services (page 7)
- Table 2: Externally Hosted Services (page 8)
- Table 3: End-user Computing Devices (page 9)
- Data Security Standards for Business Sensitive Data Obtained for Research Purposes (pdf)
- Data Security Standards for Compliant Data Obtained for Research Purposes (pdf)
- Administrative Practice: University of Maine Employee Protection of Data (pdf)
- University of Southern Maine and Maine Department of Human Services: MOVEit File Transfer Protocol (pdf)
- Encrypt Microsoft Office documents (pdf)
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Research Data That Can Be Stored on Box
- Non-compliant data files
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) data
- Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) data
- Business Sensitive data not covered by laws or regulation
- Personally, identifiable information
Research Data That Cannot Be Stored on Box
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) data
- Credit card data
- Data governed by export control laws
- Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research
- Declaration of Helsinki
- Nuremberg Code
- 45 CFR 46 FAQs
- Children: Research with Children FAQs
- Informed Consent FAQs
- Prisoner Research FAQs
- Informed Consent
- Guidance Materials
- USM Policies and Procedures