All research using human subjects must be submitted to the IRB. If your project has the purpose of contributing to generalizable knowledge, with some sort of dissemination (including, but not limited to, publications, presentations), then it is research. If there is any interaction with, or information about, individuals, then it is considered human subjects research. Regardless of whether you think it may be exempt review, you must submit to the IRB.
How long will the process take once I submit?
We review applications on a rolling basis, meaning we review them whenever they are submitted. For most exempt and expedited applications, we aim to get feedback to you (either an approval or the areas that need attention in order to get approval) within about three weeks. Applications that require full committee review may take longer.