Samford University

This procedure was created in order to benefit the Samford community in three ways: improve quality, reduce oversampling, and reduce redundancy.  It is not intended to regulate who may or may not engage in survey activities but rather to offer guidance when needed and to build a central location for information about these activities.

To learn more about the procedure, including what is subject to review, please click below.

  Samford Survey Policy and Procedures  

Important Information

SRC survey oversight does not supersede the policies and procedures of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). One common form is used by both the SRC and the IRB. The submission process will determine which review, if any, will be necessary. Please contact the IRB chair or SRC chair if you have any questions. 


Check the Survey Question Inventory to see if the information intended to be gathered is already available.

See the Checklist for Submitting Surveys for Review.

Survey Tool Information

Qualtrics will be the official survey instrument for Samford University; phpESP will no longer be supported. If you use another survey system, it is considered the same as an off-campus host and the researcher assumes full responsibility for security and privacy of the data. Technology Services will provide technical assistance and training for Qualtrics. See Samford's Survey Tool for more information.


Based on the type(s) of survey, the review timeline may vary. Independently, SRC and IRB approval may take up to 30 days. If the survey is reviewed by both the SRC and IRB, then additional review time may be needed. If changes are required, each submission resets the review timeline.

 Surveys subject to the policy must be reviewed and scheduled on a yearly basis.

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