Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Graceland University (GU) is committed to the safety and protection of human participants involved in biomedical and social behavioral research. The IRB meets the highest ethical standards for human research required by local, state and federal laws and regulations. It is guided by the ethical principles of respect, beneficence and justice set forth in The Belmont Report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In order to adequately protect the rights of human participants in research, an effective IRB requires an institutional organizational structure in which authority and responsibilities are clearly defined. Responsibility for ethical conduct rests with all parties involved in the review, oversight or conduct of research involving human subjects. Parties include the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA), deans, associate deans, division chairs, faculty, staff, students and the IRB.

Step 1. Obtain your principal investigator (PI) NIH tutorial certificate number to document on IRB form. Faculty and graduate students may apply as PI. Undergraduate students may apply as co-investigator under the supervision of a faculty member as PI. See NIH tutorial below for certification.

Step 2. Complete consent form (if required) for subjects 18 years of age or older and subjects less than 18 years of age.

Step 3. Obtain letter of support from the site where data will be collected (if applicable). Contact IRB administrator for any questions about this. (

Step 4. Download IRB application and complete electronically in Microsoft Word

Step 5. Send completed IRB application (in Word format) as email attachment to IRB administrator ( Additional documentation should be saved as one Word document and included in the same email message to the IRB administrator.

Step 6. IRB administrator will deliver to designated IRB reviewer. Please allow a minimum of two weeks for feedback. Refer to schedule of IRB committee meeting dates below for submission deadlines and timeline for review. 

Step 7. You will receive electronic confirmation of approval or required revisions to be resubmitted to IRB administrator ( NO SUBJECTS MAY BE RECRUITED AND NO DATA MAY BE COLLECTED PRIOR TO IRB APPROVAL.


Committee Meeting Date
(Monthly, second Wednesday)

Submission Deadline
(two weeks prior to meeting date)
Committee Response
(Minimum feedback date)
June 14, 2017 May 31, 2017 June 28, 2017
July 12, 2017 June 28, 2017 July 26, 2017
Aug. 9, 2017 July 26, 2017 Aug. 23, 2017
Sept. 13, 2017 August 30, 2017 Sept. 27, 2017
Oct. 11, 2017 Sept. 27, 2017 Oct. 25, 2017
Nov. 8, 2017 Oct. 25, 2017 Nov. 22, 2017
Dec. 13, 2017 Nov. 29, 2017 Dec. 27, 2017
Jan. 10, 2018 Dec. 27, 2017 Jan. 24, 2018
Feb. 14, 2018 Jan. 31, 2018 Feb. 28, 2018
March 14, 2018 Feb. 28, 2018 March 28, 2018
April 11, 2018 March 28, 2018 April 25, 2018
May 9, 2018 April 25, 2018 May 23, 2018
IRB meetings are scheduled once per semester - September, January and April - unless a full review is required.


Links to

NIH Tutorial
GU-IRB (pdf)
Reviewer Checklist (doc)