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  1. Undergraduate work for an honor’s thesis that includes research involving human subjects (i.e. a research study) requires Institutional Review Board (IRB) review and approval.  Once the research study is approved by the IRB, the study should remain open/active through thesis defense.  In addition, if the defense results in changes to the study, it may be necessary to modify the IRB approved study.
  2. Graduate work (thesis or dissertation) that includes research involving human subjects (i.e. a research study) requires IRB review and approval. Once the research study is approved by the IRB, the research study should remain open/active through thesis or dissertation defense. In addition, if the defense results in changes to the study, it may be necessary to modify the IRB approved study. 
  3. Students conducting projects specifically to fulfill class/course requirements should review the Guidance: Examples of Activities that Do and Do Not Require UNC Charlotte IRB Review and Approval document and consult with their class/course instructor BEFORE beginning the IRB review process.