Acting as an Agent of an Institution

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Acting as an Agent
of an Institution
Susie Hoffman
University of Virginia
Definition
Agent- all individuals (including
students) performing institutionally
designated activities or exercising
institutionally delegated authority or
responsibility.
Think of this as:
A person is doing research that is being
done on behalf of the institution.
Remember:
If a person is doing research, but it is not
being done on behalf of the institution,
they are NOT acting as an Agent of the
institution
First Example
 A faculty member of your institution is working with a
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colleague on the colleagues research project at an
outside institution.
Your faculty member was not involved in the design of
the research project.
The work of your faculty member will be overseen by
the PI and the IRB of the outside institution.
No funding for the study will come through your
institution.
All subjects will be enrolled at an outside institution.
The research is not required as part of a degree program.
Second Example:
 A graduate student at your institution is doing their
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research at another institution as part of their degree
requirements.
The student is also an employee of the outside institution
where the research will be done.
All of the subjects will be enrolled at the outside
institution.
The students research will be overseen by the IRB of the
outside institution. A copy of the IRB approval has been
submitted to you.
No funding for the project will come through your
institution.
Implications?
 If the person is not working as an agent
of your institution, your IRB is not
responsible for review.
 May want to provide documentation of
this decision.
Questions?