Conducting Research in Independent School Districts

If human subjects research is being done in conjunction with an Independent School District, the school may have its own human subjects approval requirements.

Research conducted at other sites will need to be disclosed in the IRB submission form and a letter of support provided to indicate the site is aware and ok with research being conducted there.  TAMUCC Office of Research Compliance staff are unable to answer questions about ISD requirements.

          See 700.05 Template, School Permission to Conduct Research

When research involves student educational data or conducting surveys, analysis or evaluations on students of educational institutions additional regulations may apply.

    Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law          that protects the privacy of student education records. In general, FERPA gives parents certain rights with            respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he/she reaches age          18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are called        “eligible students.” 

    Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) (20 U.S.C § 123h; 34 CFR Part 98) applies to programs that        receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). PPRA protects rights of parents and students in      two ways:

  1. It seeks to ensure that schools and contractors make instructional materials available for inspection by parents if those materials will be used in connection with an ED-funded survey, analysis, or evaluation in which their children participate; and
  2. It seeks to ensure that schools and contractors obtain written parental consent before minor students are required to participate in any ED-funded survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning:
    1. Political affiliations;
    2. Mental and psychological problems potentially embarrassing to the student and his/her family;
    3. Sex behavior and attitudes;
    4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating and demeaning behavior;
    5. Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;
    6. Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers; or
    7. Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program). 

It is the PI’s responsibility to understand and comply with these requirements.

      See    700.05 Decision Tree, Applicability of FERPA in Research
                 700.05 Reference, FAQ, FERPA (2010)
                 700.05 Checklist, PPRA                   

Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD)

Research done in conjunction with the Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD), requires second, independent approval from CCISD per its requirements. This approval may be sought simultaneously with and independently of TAMUCC’s IRB approval.

For more information, see

For questions, contact Dr. Toni Moynihan-McCoy: