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I've submitted my IRB application! What happens next?

The IRB Chair will review your proposal and evaluate its risk level. Every case is different, but in general the IRB Chair and IRB staff will contact you by email with our response. Zero to low-risk proposals generally get a response within one week, and moderate risk proposals usually take two weeks. High-risk proposals require full Board review, which only happens monthly during the academic calendar year.

Attachments and file formats for the IRB form

 

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How do I get blanket IRB approval for the course I am teaching?

Courses in which the curriculum consists substantially of independent student research are subject to IRB approval. Faculty members seeking approval for a course must submit an application for the course.

What do I have to do to get IRB approval of my research?

Fill out the IRB's application form, describing what you intend to do, the subject pool you intend to work with, and the measures you intend to employ to obtain informed consent and protect subjects' privacy.  You'll also need to take an online course on the ethics of research on human beings.  This course takes roughly three hours to complete. After you take the tutorial and pass the quiz, the site will provide a certificate of completion for you.

Application

The IRB must approve all research conducted at the College, or undertaken by members of the College community, that involves human beings as subjects. You must submit an application and obtain IRB approval before you start your research. The approval process can take several weeks, so please check the submission deadline and allow sufficient time!

Research ethics training