Before conducting research that involves human subjects in any capacity, you should contact the Institutional Review Board (IRB), a body which is independent from the grants office. The IRB office is the appropriate body to determine whether the reserach requires its review or is exempt the federal regulations and university policies requiring it.
The Loyola University New Orleans IRB is chaired by George Capowich, firstname.lastname@example.org, 504-865-3126. As faculty and staff often look to the grants office for IRB-related information, we will provide a link to the IRB website once it becomes available. In the meantime, please address all questions regarding the oversight of Human Subjects research to Dr. Capowich.