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 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 the IRB administrator for any questions about this. (

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 ( 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 ( 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 13, 2018 May 30, 2018 June 27, 2018
July 11, 2018 June 27, 2018 July 25, 2018
Aug. 8, 2018 July 25, 2018 Aug. 22, 2018
Sept. 12, 2018 Aug. 29, 2018 Sept. 26, 2018
Oct. 10, 2018 Sept. 26, 2018 Oct. 24, 2018
Nov. 14, 2018 Oct. 31, 2018 Nov. 28, 2018
Dec. 12, 2018 Nov. 28, 2018 Dec. 26, 2018
Jan. 9, 2019 Dec. 26, 2018 Jan. 23, 2019
Feb. 13, 2019 Jan. 30, 2019 Feb. 27, 2019
March 13, 2019 Feb. 27, 2019 March 27, 2019
April 10, 2019 March 27, 2019 April 24, 2019
May 8, 2019 April 24, 2019 May 22, 2019
IRB meetings are scheduled once per semester - September, January and April - unless a full review is required.


Links to

GU-IRB (pdf)
Reviewer Checklist (doc)

GU IRB will accept Human Subject Protection Training from any of these tutorial links: