Regulations Governing the Protection of Human Subjects in Research
Includes Subpart A (Basic Policy) and Subpart D (Additional Protections for Children).
Research Activities Which May Be Reviewed Through Expedited Review Procedures
The Department of Education's regulations authorize expedited review procedures for certain kinds of research appearing on the list established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Report on: Expedited Review of Social and Behavioral Research Activities
Issued by the interagency National Science and Technology Council's Social and Behavioral Research Working Group of the Human Subjects Research Subcommittee, Committee on Science.
- 34 CFR Part 98, the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
PPRA is designed to protect the rights of parents and students in programs that receive funding from the Department.
- 34 CFR Part 99, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
FERPA is designed to protect the privacy of a student's education records at all public elementary and secondary schools and virtually all public and private postsecondary institutions.
Guidance and Educational Materials
- Covid-19 and Educational Research: FAQs [PDF, 270KB]
- Training: Dept. of Education: Implementing the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (34 CFR 97)
The Belmont Report
Basic reference document. The Department of Education's Regulations for the Protection of Human Subjects embody the principles of the "Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research," known as the Belmont Report, which was issued in 1979 by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research.
Assurance Information and Other
ED Form 424 Application for Federal Education Assistance (link to the Grant Application Forms page)
Includes grant application instructions regarding human subjects research.