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. Complete a human subject protection tutorial found on the IRB website and document the source on the IRB application. Faculty and graduate students may apply as principal investigator (PI). Undergraduate students may apply as co-investigator under the supervision of a faculty member as PI. See the human subject tutorial links below for certification or proof of training.
Step 3. Obtain letter of support from the site where data will be collected (if applicable). Contact the IRB administrator for any questions about this. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Step 4. Download the IRB application and complete it electronically in Microsoft Word.
Step 5. Send the completed IRB application (in Word format) as an email attachment to the IRB administrator (email@example.com). Additional documentation should be saved as one Word document and included in the same email message to the IRB administrator.
Step 6. The IRB administrator will deliver to the designated IRB reviewer. Please allow a minimum of two weeks for feedback. Refer to the 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 the IRB administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org). NO SUBJECTS MAY BE RECRUITED AND NO DATA MAY BE COLLECTED PRIOR TO IRB APPROVAL.
IRB Meeting and Application Review Information:
IRB meetings are scheduled once per semester; September, January, and April, unless full reviews are necessary, requiring additional meetings.
Applications are reviewed in the order that they are submitted. Researchers can expect to hear back within two to four weeks of submitting their application for review. If additional time is required for the review, the principal investigator will be notified by the IRB Administrator.
|HHS-FAQ||Health and Human Services Frequently Asked Questions|
|OHRP||Office of Human Research Protection|
|FDA - FAQ||Food and Drug Administration Frequently Asked Questions|
|GU-IRB (pdf)||Graceland University IRB Guidelines|
|Reviewer Checklist (doc)||Graceland University IRB Member’s Reviewer Checklist|
|HHS Training||Health and Human Services Training Website|
|PRIMR||Public responsibility in Medicine and Research|
|IRB FAQ (pdf)||Institutional Review Board Frequently Asked Questions|