This page is intended for Student Researchers of CGU. Please click the following link to be redirected to the Learning Continuity page:
This page is a resource guide to address the challenges and possible solutions for continuing research activities while the campus is closed. As epidemic outbreaks, natural disasters, or other unexpected events can disrupt scheduled research, the tools and strategies described here can minimize the effects of those unexpected situations.
Some important measures you can take to prepare yourself involve becoming familiar with the CGU Offices that influence research:
Some important measures you can take to prepare yourself involve becoming familiar with the use of two key technologies:
Recognizing the special circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, the CGU IRB would like to provide some additional guidance. If you are continuing with your study during the outbreak, we urge you to pause and give consideration as to how these special circumstances impact the risk to human subjects in your study. The information here is intended to provide guidance for such considerations and for human subjects protections decisions specific to our current conditions.
At this time, in accordance with guidance from the , , and , human subject research involving direct interaction with study participants should be suspended to minimize risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. Exceptions would be (1) studies in which interruption could create greater risks to human subjects, and (2) some studies with therapeutic benefits. You may also be able to avoid suspending your study by adapting procedures to replace in person interaction with online or phone interaction. If you are putting your research on hold during this period, you do not need to notify the IRB unless you think such an interruption might introduce risk to human subjects.
For all major study modifications or modifications that increase risk or introduce new risks, investigators must submit an amendment to the IRB. Changes may not be enacted until the amendment is approved, with rare exceptions for changes that must be enacted immediately to avoid harm to subjects. We have made modifications to the Amendments tab on protocol pages to streamline the process and allow us to prioritize amendments related to COVID-19 response.
We will continue to update the (cgu.edu/irb) as needed in light of changing circumstances. Please note, however, that stricter directives (e.g., lockdowns, campus closures, etc.) from , federal and state government, and/or local municipalities governing your research sites would supersede the guidance provided here.
Any substantial changes to a student's dissertation topic after advancing to candidacy require approval by all members of a student's dissertation committee and submission of the Declaration of Change to Approved Proposal form to the Registrar's Office.
Non-exempt studies (Expedited or Full Board Review)
Zoom is the tool of choice for most academic institutions during this time. A student participating in a Qualification Exam or Dissertation Proposal or Dissertation Defense while CGU requires remote learning due to the coronavirus must use distance collaboration and conferencing methods instead of in-person meetings. The requirement for students to be physically present with at least one dissertation committee member has been suspended at least through the end of the Spring 2020 term. Dissertation defenses (final oral exams) are still an event for the broader academic community and will remain open to the public. Be sure to provide a public teleconferencing link when you submit your Dissertation Defense Announcement.
Find out more about how to use Zoom in place of your on ground classes.
For a temporary period of time, CGU Zoom Basic accounts can now hold meetings with up to 300 participants without the 40 minute time limit. The Basic accounts do have other limitations which include:
Recording only to Local Computer not Zoom Cloud
Cannot be an alternative host
Cannot schedule on behalf of others
Each Academic Department also has a General Zoom account that can be used to schedule these meetings. Please contact your Program Coordinator or Dean's office for information on using these accounts
Use cases for Zoom include:
Tips for the best online live class experience
Setting yourself up for success
Use Headphones instead of speakers, to mitigate feedback and get the best hearing experience possible
Setup in a place with little activity in the background of the webcam
Setup your computer as close to your Internet Router as possible
Use a wired connection if possible
Make sure other high bandwidth use is mitigated, e.g. other individuals streaming video, gaming, nonessential devices using the internet are turned off
Close any programs you are not using for the Zoom meeting.
Zoom meetings can demand significant memory and processing power from your computer. Closing other applications, ones you do not need during the session, will help Zoom run better. Virtual background feature also uses significant processing power.
Disable HD video
Sending high definition (HD) webcam video requires more bandwidth than sending non-HD. Disabling HD video will free up more of your Internet connection for other parts of your Zoom meeting.
To Disable HD Video from within the Zoom Client:
Qualtrics is now available to the students, faculty, and staff at CGU.
Qualtrics is an online service that allows users to easily collect, analyze, and act on large amounts of unstructured data with little or no programming. One can easily create surveys, have people take the surveys, and then analyze the results. Features include:
To get started with Qualtrics, just log into your portal web page at mycampus.cgu.edu. Click on the Qualtrics icon (which looks like a large, cut-off Q), located along the left side of the web page, or click on "CGU Services" and select Qualtrics. If this is your very first time using Qualtrics at CGU, then a web page will appear with two buttons. Click on the one labeled "I don't have a Qualtrics account". Qualtrics will create an account based on your CGU credentials and then ask you to fill in your name and other information. Once done, you will be able to start using Qualtrics.