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 8, 2016 May 25, 2016 June 22, 2016
July 13, 2016 June 29, 2016 July 27, 2016
Aug. 10, 2016 July 27, 2016 Aug. 24, 2016
Sept. 14, 2016 August 31, 2016 Sept. 28, 2016
Oct. 12, 2016 Sept. 28, 2016 Oct. 26, 2016
Nov. 9, 2016 Oct. 26, 2016 Nov. 23, 2016
Dec. 14, 2016 Nov. 30, 2016 Dec. 28, 2016
Jan. 11, 2017 Dec. 28, 2016 Jan. 25, 2017
Feb. 8, 2017 Jan. 25, 2017 Feb. 22, 2017
March 8, 2017 Feb. 22, 2017 March 22, 2017
April 12, 2017 March 29, 2017 April 26, 2017
May 10, 2017 April 26, 2017 May 24, 2017
IRB meetings are scheduled once per semester - September, January and April - unless a full review is required.


Links to

NIH Tutorial
Reviewer Checklist