Because SoTL research most likely involves human subjects (i.e., students), approval from Auburn's Institutional Review Board is necessary to ensure the safe and ethical treatment of research participants. However, SoTL research often falls under the Exempt category, which involves an abbreviated review process. This is known as the 45 CFR 46.104(d)(2) exemption.
For example, the following two categories of research are considered Exempt by the United States' Office for Human Research Protections. You must submit an Exemption Review Application to the Auburn University IRB Office in order to determine if your research falls within these categories.
CITI Training on Human Subjects Research is required to submit an IRB protocol. However, according to Auburn's IRB Exempt Review Application,
"Key personnel are required to maintain human subjects training through CITI. Only for EXEMPT level research is documentation of completed CITI training NO LONGER REQUIRED to be included in the submission packet. NOTE however, the IRB will perform random audits of CITI training records to confirm reported training courses and expiration dates. Course title and expiration dates are shown on training certificates."