MISS MANNERS of research activities Miss Manners: My university has a very strict policy with regard to doing research. Among other things, one part specifies that "information which is collected through intervention or interaction with a living individual" must undergo an ethics panel review. My question is this, if I want to ask my office mate to go to lunch with me, do I need to file an ethics form, and if so how far ahead must I plan to allow the IRB to render a decision? Gentle Reader: No right thinking person would consider doing the wrong thing, so Miss Manners encourages you to file a proposal (in triplicate) for all such transactions, after all the IRB made the rules and they need to see you take them seriously in a civil society. As to how far ahead to plan, Dominos promises 30-minutes delivery or its free, I don't see why your IRB needs any longer than that. Just remember that your call to Dominos is an interaction too, and requires a separate form (in triplicate). When in doubt, file that form -- like safe sex, you just can't be too careful. Remember, the delivery person may be an IRB spy sent to see if you have approval for delivery.