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 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 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.|
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.