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Applying to the IRB

The IRB reviews each application with consideration for the rights and welfare of the individuals involved, the balance of risks and potential benefits of the study, and the methods used to secure informed consent. There are three levels of review, as determined by the degree of risk to subjects. Applicants may require full review, expedited review, or be screened for exemption. The level of review is determined by the IRB. Please allow up to two weeks for a response to an exempt or expedited review (does not require full board review). Full board protocols must be submitted three weeks prior to the meeting date, otherwise it will be reviewed at the next scheduled meeting time. The reviewer will categorize the editorial comments apart from comments concerning human subject concerns. The review process will cease if there are gross grammatical errors and the protocol will be returned. Research may begin only after IRB approval.

Levels of Review


Students must first submit applications to their faculty advisor for approval.  The faculty advisor should then submit the application to the Institutional Review Board electronically through e-mail at irb@uu.edu. The submission should be attached as a Word document to prevent difficulty retrieving the document. Typed or scanned signatures will be accepted on the Assurance Page as long as the application is received from the faculty advisor.  All pages of the protocol must be numbered. In addition to the application, the IRB requires that the researcher complete the Institutional Review Board Tutorial.  Once you have completed the tutorial, it will be logged into our database.  The tutorial takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. IRB approval must be obtained before submission of a research request to a school system. Once approval is received from the school system, a copy of the approval document should filed with the IRB Office. If you have any questions concerning the application process, please contact Suzanne Barham, IRB Compliance Officer, at 731-661-5580.

Any application approved for research using human subjects will require that the approved consent form include a stamp from the IRB giving the protocol number and the date approved. This will ensure that the correct, approved version is being used. It will also serve as a reminder of when the protocol must be reviewed again.

Waiver of IRB Application for Undergraduate Class Projects Using Human Subjects

This form is to be used for undergraduate class projects that are conducted for educational purposes only and not as research. (All graduate class projects must submit the Initial Review form.) By identifying the work as a class project, the following must apply:

(If the instructor decides at a later date that the data collected for the project could be used for research/dissemination purposes, the IRB must be notified and the appropriate forms completed to permit this change in purpose to take place.)

Procedure for Submitting the Waiver of IRB Application for Undergraduate Class Projects Using Human Subjects (save files to own computer):

  1. Instructor submits Request for Undergraduate Class Project Waiver of IRB Application to IRB office for review.
  2. IRB reviews, requests clarification (if necessary), and issues approval or denial notice.

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