Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) compliance:

It is expected that you will:

  • Handle this information in a confidential manner, keeping it secure at all times.
  • Communicate this information only to other parties authorized to have access to it in accordance with the provisions of FERPA.
  • Use this information only for its intended purpose.
  • Properly dispose of this information when it is no longer needed.
More information on FERPA can be found here: Department of Education Guidance and Suffolk University's FERPA Guidelines
Suffolk University Research and Compliance Guidelines
Research involving human participants is subject to review and/or approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). 
For full Compliance Guidelines visit the Research Compliance website. 
For questions regarding compliance in research; email the research compliance hotline:
Human Subject Research Exemption Categories. 
Research that is involves human participants may be exempt from IRB approval prior to start of research falls under two categories.
Category 1: Research conducted in established or commonly accepted educational setting, involving normal educational practices such as:
  • research on regular and special education instructional settings
  • research on the effectiveness of or the comparison among instructional techniques, cirricula, or classroom management methods.
Category 2: Research involving the use of educational tests (cognitive, diagnostic, aptitude, achievement), survey procedures, interview procedures or observation of public behavior unless:
  • information obtained is recorded in such a manner that human subjects can be identified, directly or through identifies linked to the subject,
  • any disclosure of the human subjects' responses outside the research could reasonably place the subjects at risk of criminal or civil liability or be damaging to the subjects; financial standing, employability, or reputation. 


For questions about Qualtrics contact Nikki Tennessen
For questions about IRB or Research Compliance contact Michael Mullahy