Research with Human Participants

For all UNM-affiliated research involving human participation for which there is a UNM IRB protocol, whether conducted on campus or off-campus, the following will apply in addition to the facility approvals in the On Campus Research and Creative Works and Off Campus Research Laboratories/Facilities sections:

  1. All research with human participants approved by UNM IRB will undergo additional review and approval as described in the appended memorandum from UNM Main Campus IRB to ensure appropriate safety protocols are in place and consideration of risk for vulnerable populations is addressed. It is the responsibility of the PI to initiate the additional review. Approval for research with vulnerable populations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Whenever possible, face-to-face studies should be converted to remote studies.
  3. The minimum number of faculty, staff, and graduate students required to conduct research will be allowed.
  4. For work involving travel off-campus, the university policy on business travel in effect at the time must be followed ( Exceptions to university travel restrictions for any personnel (faculty, staff, or students) must be made in writing by the applicable Chancellor, Dean or Vice President. Travel to areas or communities must be closely considered based on the prevalence of community spread of the virus and public health guidelines, and may be prohibited based on those guidelines.  

All travel must be in alignment with UNM travel restrictions and guidelines in effect at the time (

  1. When travel is via ground transportation, there should be one person per vehicle unless individuals are from the same household. If this is impossible, a plan for implementing safety protocols must be provided as part of the request for an exception to the travel restrictions.
  2. The requester must provide a written plan to the cognizant dean or director for compliance with CDC, State and UNM guidelines to protect against infection at work sites, at stopover points in transit, and when obtaining fuel and supplies. 
  3. During the execution of all activities, personnel must follow all applicable COVID Safety Practices.
  4. Participation by employees is voluntary. Individuals at high risk of complications of infection should consider carefully their own health concerns, and consult with their supervisor/chair to address these concerns. Those who are exhibiting symptoms of infection with COVID-19 are not permitted to travel.
  5. For studies requiring IRB review, that review should include travel exception requests.