Please allow adequate time for the preparation and submission of your application. Present all information clearly and concisely, keeping in mind that members of the review committee may not be familiar with your field. Avoid or explain technical terms whenever possible. Answer all questions completely, provide any requested documentation, and ensure your application is complete before submission. Your application may receive full, expedited, or exempt review; to determine which application form is appropriate for your research see IRB Application Page.
Completed applications will be submitted to the IRB chair, Bob Kachelski, via email. For student research projects, the application must be submitted by the faculty advisor, who is also responsible for thoroughly reviewing the application prior to submission.
Criteria for full or expedited approval are the following:
There are three levels of committee response to an application:
Receipt of an official letter of approval indicates the investigator(s) may proceed with the study.
The decision to approve an IRB application lies with the chair, expedited review team, or full committee to which it has been assigned, and is based upon application of the federal regulations cited above. Because the IRB is dedicated to maintaining the overall high quality of its peer review system and of the review of individual applications, it has established appeal procedures for investigators to address such concerns. An investigator who is concerned about the review of his or her application should first contact the IRB chairperson.