LAST UPDATED: June 3, 2020

The restriction currently imposed on in-person human subjects research remains in place while the campus transitions back to varying level 3 stages. All human subjects research activities that can be completed remotely should continue based on University guidelines and the approved protocol, as applicable.

The Institutional Official, in consultation with Research Compliance Services and the IRB, is currently monitoring updates and the latest information from various University task forces. Once guidance has been released related to campus visitors and/or guests along with access to PPE, university spaces, and/or facilities becoming available, additional information regarding removal of the restriction will be provided.

Please read the FAQs (link below) to ensure you understand how this notification impacts your research.


This webpage has been developed to provide information to the UNL Human Subjects Research Community regarding COVID-19 related questions as it impacts current UNL IRB operations. The online resource linked below will be updated frequently as new information or operations develop, change and/or are implemented.

We are also continually monitoring any updates from the UNL COVID-19 Task Force. In addition, please ensure you are also reviewing the Office of Research & Economic Development’s COVID-19 research planning website.

Overall, Principal Investigators (PIs) should prioritize the health and safety of human subjects when deciding how to move forward with research activities. It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator, including faculty advisors for student research, to ensure all necessary changes and/or guidance is known and implemented accordingly to ensure the health and safety of researchers and research subjects.

In an effort to assist IRB staff accommodating numerous COVID-19 requests, please take an extra moment to review the below FAQs and any referenced policies thoroughly. Following review of the below, if there are any questions related specifically to your research and how it impacts your project, please contact the UNL IRB at irb@unl.edu or contact Rachel Wenzl, RCS Associate Director, at 402-472-8196. 

UNL IRB COVID-19 Human Subjects Research Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)