Why do I have to submit a proposal to the IRB?
The purpose of the IRB is to determine whether your study is ethical to conduct. The IRB ensures that all participants will be treated appropriately. You may not begin collecting data from participants until you have received a written approval letter from the IRB. You must conduct your research in accordance with your IRB proposal.
How long will it take to get approval?
The committee is allotted one week to review a study. This is one week from the date you submit your complete proposal. If there are missing elements, or forms completed incorrectly, you will need to resubmit the proposal. To ensure a timely review of your proposal, please ensure that you have completed the proposal correctly before submitting it. While review may take less that a week, you must allow one week for review. Please do not request your proposal be reviewed in less than a week.
How do I submit a proposal?The Office of Academic Affairs is currently discussing the submission and review process. We will update this webpage as soon as the process is clarified for the current academic year.
IRB Proposal Documents
Please read the instructions carefully before downloading and completing a proposal packet.
This packet is for interviews that are neither anonymous nor confidential. If you plan to report the source of your interview, use this packet.
Exempt Proposal Packet (doc)
The packet is for research that will be conducted anonymously. This means that your participants cannot be identified in any way. If you or anyone conducting your research will know who the participants are and will protect their identities, your study is NOT anonymous, it is confidential, please use the expedited packet below.
This packet is for research that will be conducted confidentially. This means you will protect your participants’ identities from being released.
Full Proposal Packet (doc)
This packet is for research that contains risk or deception.