I have a question about the status of IRB review of oral history. It was my understanding from coverage such as https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2017/01/20/oral-history-no-longer-subject-irb-approval that oral history was officially excluded from IRB review, effective January 2018. Yet the IRB at the Univ. of Delaware has informed me that implementation of the new rule has been delayed until July and is not likely to take place. Further the director claims that the "key definitions of ‘research’ and ‘human subject’ will not be changed once (if) the update Common Rule goes into effect." This is an issue of critical importance to oral historians. Can anyone let me know if a delay on implementation has indeed taken place?
Hagley Library/University of Delaware