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 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. 

Committee Meeting Date
(Monthly, 2nd Wednesday)

Submission Deadline
(2 weeks prior to meeting date)
Committee Response
(Minimum feedback date)
June 12, 2013 May 29, 2013 June 26, 2013
July 10, 2013 June 26, 2013 July 24, 2013
August 14, 2013 July 31, 2013 August 28, 2013
September 11, 2013 August 28, 2013 September 25, 2013
October 9, 2013 September 25, 2013 October 23, 2013
November 13, 2013 October 30, 2013 November 27, 2013
December 11, 2013 November 27, 2013 December 25, 2013
January 8, 2014  December 25, 2013  January 22, 2014
February 12, 2014 January 29, 2014 February 26, 2014
March 12, 2014  February 26, 2014  March 26, 2014
April 9, 2014  March 26, 2014  April 23, 2014 
May 14, 2014  April 30, 2014 May 28, 2014 

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.

Step 8. After research has concluded, submit completed Closure form to IRB administrator (

Links to

NIH Tutorial
Reviewer Checklist