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, and 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 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. 

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, 2nd Wednesday)

Submission Deadline
(2 weeks prior to meeting date)
Committee Response
(Minimum feedback date)
June 11, 2014 May 28, 2014 June 25, 2014
July 9, 2014 June 25, 2014 July 23, 2014
August 13, 2014 July 30, 2014 August 27, 2014
September 10, 2014 August 27, 2014 September 24, 2014
October 8, 2014 September 24, 2014 October 22, 2014
November 12, 2014 October 29, 2014 November 26, 2014
December 10, 2014 November 26, 2014 December 24, 2014
January 14, 2015 December 31, 2014  January 28, 2015
February 11, 2015 January 28, 2015 February 25, 2015
March 11, 2015  February 25, 2015 March 25, 2015
April 8, 2015 March 25, 2015 April 22, 2015
May 13, 2015 April 29, 2015 May 27, 2015
IRB meetings are scheduled once per semester, September, January, and April unless a full review is required.


Links to

NIH Tutorial
Reviewer Checklist