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 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 3. Obtain letter of support from the site where data will be collected (if applicable). Contact IRB administrator for any questions about this. (email@example.com)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Additional documentation should be saved as PDF, and included as email attachments 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.
Committee Meeting Date
(2 weeks prior to meeting date)
(Minimum feedback date)
|June 12, 2013||May 29, 2013||June 26, 2013|
|July 10, 2013||June 26, 2013||July 24, 2013|
|August 14, 2013||July 31, 2013||August 28, 2013|
|September 11, 2013||August 28, 2013||September 25, 2013|
|October 9, 2013||September 25, 2013||October 23, 2013|
|November 13, 2013||October 30, 2013||November 27, 2013|
|December 11, 2013||November 27, 2013||December 25, 2013|
|January 8, 2014||December 25, 2013||January 22, 2014|
|February 12, 2014||January 29, 2014||February 26, 2014|
|March 12, 2014||February 26, 2014||March 26, 2014|
|April 9, 2014||March 26, 2014||April 23, 2014|
|May 14, 2014||April 30, 2014||May 28, 2014|
Step 7. You will receive electronic confirmation of approval or required revisions to be resubmitted to IRB administrator (email@example.com). NO SUBJECTS MAY BE RECRUITED AND NO DATA MAY BE COLLECTED PRIOR TO IRB APPROVAL.