Department COVID-19 Updates:
COVID-19 Research Planning UNL IRB COVID-19 response

LAST UPDATED: August 28, 2020

The suspension of in-person human subjects research will be removed as of July 6, 2020; however, research personnel are still strongly encouraged to conduct human subjects research via remote activity whenever possible.

All in-person human subjects research protocols, under the auspices of UNL, will be allowed to resume activities on July 6, 2020. Research personnel are expected to follow all University policies and guidance or relevant federal guidance regarding performance of in-person research protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UNL researchers who plan to resume in-person human subjects research must first provide a plan to demonstrate how their interactions with research participants can happen safely:

Please read the FAQs (link at the bottom of this page) 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)