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​​The Department of Catholic Schools will review the written request to conduct research in Catholic schools. Consultation with experts in the field, when appropriate, will be undertaken in evaluating research proposals using the following criteria:

  • The potential educational merit of the study 

  • Evidence of bona fide university or institutional affiliation 

  • Appropriate supervision of the researcher, if the researcher is a student 

  • Minimum disruption to the school schedule 

  • Adherence to standard, ethical research guidelines; applicable Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements; and Roman Catholic norms 

Except for narrowly tailored academic or diagnostic testing by licensed educational psychologists retained by individual schools, no research or testing project may be conducted at any archdiocesan school without prior written permission from the Department of Catholic Schools​ and the Office of the Legal Counsel. Principals or other administrators who receive a request to conduct research from any person, whether or not that person is currently employed by or affiliated with the archdiocese must refer the request to the pertinent superintendent of elementary schools or high schools. The Department of Catholic Schools will provide the requestor with a copy of this Testing and Research in Schools Policy and evaluate the proposed project accordingly.

Notification that the research proposal is approved or not approved will be given in writing to the researcher and, where applicable, to the IRB by the Department of Catholic Schools.

The Department of Catholic Schools reserves the right to terminate any research project involving Catholic schools in the archdiocese with or without cause at any time.


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