Request for Exempt Review and Approval

Keiser University

Institutional Review Board Application

Request for Exempt Review and Approval

The IRB is a binding contract approving a specific research methodology.  Variations in the methodology by the researcher must be approved by the IRB. Failure to adhere to this policy will lead to disciplinary action up to and including failure of the class and/or dismissal from the university.

Application Status: (indicate if application is complete or is seeking conditional certification)

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Principal Investigator/

Researcher

Name Ronald S. Dixon                              

Date July 15, 2018                              
Phone 9549401530                              
Email R.Dixon6@student.keiseruniversity.edu                              
Affiliation Keiser University                              
Title of Study
Relationship between mental illness and violent crime                                                  

Degree Program

(for student applications only)

Type of Degree:

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Department of Study:

Criminal Justice

Faculty

Mentor

(N/A if non-student)

Name Ronald S. Dixon                              
Email R.Dixon6@student.keiseruniversity.edu                              
Affiliation Keiser University                              
Committee Members and/ or Research Assistants (Names and Degrees- Bios must be included for each listed.) Dr. Sherri Smith                                                            
Applicant IRB CITI Training Completion Date (Submit certificate with application) July 9, 2018                              
Proposed Dates of Study

(Note. Data collection may not begin until IRB certification is complete.)

From To
9-July-2018          

15-July-2018          

Funding and Conflict of Interest? Study will be funded by: |_|Self
|_|Other : (include funding source name and contact information)

                         

Researcher (or family member) will receive compensation or potential financial benefits from conducting study or study outcomes. |_|Yes |_|No

(If Yes, complete Conflict of Interest Form)

Researcher (or family member) owns business or is in position of authority at location of research. |_|Yes |_|No

(If Yes, complete Conflict of Interest Form)

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Basis for Exemption

(at least one of the following must be selected)

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Normal educational settings or practices (requires letter of approval from institution certifying acceptability of study). Note: Studies with children under 18 years of age will not be classified as exempt.
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Anonymous educational testing. Note: Attach copies of test
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Anonymous survey or interviews concerning impersonal information, unless can cause risk
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Observational studies of public behavior
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Anonymous preexisting data
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Review of literature
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Evaluation of institutions, programs, or agencies with no deviation from standard practice
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Consumer acceptance studies
Research Information

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Describe research including the following:

Overview of Study: Since the 1890s the number of people who are mentally ill in prisons and other correctional facilities has been substantially increasing. The trend has become more pervasive that currently more individuals with mental diseases are behind bars that they are in mental hospitals and other mental health centers. Thus, there is need to establish the reason behind this phenomenon. The trend is a reflection of a greater degree of criminality among people with mental illnesses relative to the general population. This study is designed to establish the whether there is a relationship between mental illness and violent crime to explain the trend of growing number of mentally ill individuals in prisons. The study will focus on in investigating violent crime among mentally ill and risk of violent crime among the mentally ill.                                                                                                                    

Research questions:

1. What is the relationship between mental illness and violent crime?

2. How does having a mental illness increases one’s risk of committing a violent crime?

3. What is the rate of recidivism among mental ill convicts?                                                                                                               

Research methodology:

The study will employ both qualitative and quantitative research design in which qualitative and quantitative data collection methods will be used. Secondary data will be obtained from sysmetic review articles from selected prisons and mental health centers. Upon completion of data collection, the data will be analyzed using SPSS statistical software and presented in charts and graphs.                                                                            

Research purpose:

The objective of the study is to carry out a qualitative and quantitative study to establish whether there is a relationship between mental illness and violent crime so as to explain the phenomenon of the increasing trend of mentally ill people in prisons. As well the study would establish if having a mental illness increasing one’s risk of committing a violent crime. The study will also focus on the cases of recidivism among the mentally ill offenders.                                                                            

What will be required of study participants?:

                                                                                

Describe data source(s), if applicable.

Data collection techniques will entail sysmetic review articles for qualitative data and quantitative data obtained from the records in the selected prisons and mental health centers for the study.                                                                      

Explain your access to data source(s), if applicable.

The study will analyses the secondary data from sysmetic review articles and data obtained from the records in the selected prisons and mental health centers. Data will be analyzed and presented according to the research questions of the study. Data will be collected on mental illness and violent crime, risk of mental illness to violent crime, and recidivism rate among mentally ill convicts.

                                                                           

Define subject specific jargon.

HCJ – Health and Criminal Justice; NICE – National Institute for Clinical Excellence in Health; DSPD – Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder; AMHP – Approved Mental Health Practitioner                                                            

Forms Included in Application

(Indicate which forms/ documents are included in this application by checking the box.)

Required Forms for All Applications
|_| BIO and ROLE. Each individual participating or contributing to the research protocol must include this completed form with the application (one per researcher).
|_| CITI Certification: All applications must include a CITI Completion Report for each individual participating in the research protocol (80% minimum score is required for each module).
Additional Forms for Applications – as needed
|_| Informed Consent. Each study participant must sign an informed consent form for inclusion in the study. Consent form must be in the appropriate format. (For example, if data is collected online via a survey, the consent must appear prior to taking the survey and be visible at the provided link to the survey or if the data is collected in person, the actual paper consent form to be distributed must be included.)
|_| Institutional Approval. Indicate name and contact information of individual who approved the research at the institution where data will be collected. Attach approval from institution or official to application. Data to be collected within Keiser University must include a letter from the individual responsible for the participant population.                                                                                                               
|_| Internal Studies. All data that will be collected from within Keiser University must include this completed (unsigned) form.
|_| Survey and/or Data Collection Materials. The exact survey and survey link (if applicable) or other data collection method must be included with the application.
|_| Recruitment Materials. The exact recruitment materials and/or wording for all participant contact and recruitment must be included in the application. (For example, recruitment fliers, emails or social media posts.)
|_| Conflict of Interest. See section on Funding and Conflict of Interest to determine if form is needed.
|_| Research Assistant or Proxy Agreement. This is included when the primary investigator will not be the one collecting data, but will have an assistant, teacher, principal or other individual collecting data from participants.
Researcher Agreement
The researcher agrees to the following:

· The information in the IRB Application is true and complete.

· Any modification in study members or data collection sites will be communicated to the IRB immediately. Data collection will be placed on hold until IRB confirms approval of the change.

· Any modification to the process will be communicated to the IRB prior to changing the approved study. Data collection will be placed on hold until IRB confirms approval of the change.

· Any possible or clear adverse events occurring during the study will be immediately communicated to the Dissertation Chair/Faculty Mentor and IRB. Data collection will be placed on hold until the IRB approves the continuation of the study.

· Any risk to participants that develops during the study will be communicated to the Dissertation Chair/Faculty Mentor, IRB, and study participants. Data collection will be placed on hold until the IRB approves the continuation of the study.

· Research will not commence until IRB Application is approved.

Failure to adhere to the researcher agreement terms may result in suspension of research and disciplinary action up to and including failure of the class and/or dismissal from the university.

Ronald S. Dixon                    

Signature of Researcher

07/15/2018                    

Date Signed

|_|N/A Dissertation Chair / Faculty Mentor Agreement

(for student applications- check box if not applicable)

The Dissertation Chair / Faculty Mentor agrees to the following:

· The information in the IRB Application is true and complete.

· Chair/Mentor will review any substantive changes to the research process and notify the IRB for guidance.

· Chair/Mentor will review and communicate to the IRB any adverse events occurring during the study.

· Chair/Mentor will review research records produced and maintained by the researcher until final approval of the study is obtained.

· Chair/Mentor will insure the IRB Application is completed before it is submitted.

· Chair/Mentor will be responsible to insure the research follows university guidelines and policies as presented in the application.

Sherri Smith, Ph.D.                    

Signature of Dissertation Chair/Faculty Mentor

07/17/2018                    

Date Signed

IRB Committee Decision
|_|Certified |_|Conditionally Certified |_|Rejected

IRB Note:

                                                             

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Signature of IRB committee representative Date Signed

Note: If approval for exempt status is denied, researcher may submit Expedited IRB Approval Form

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