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IRB Forms

Please note:  All forms have been updated to allow for researchers to complete all components electronically.

Process for Expedited, Exempt, and Full Review Submissions

The IRB requires two levels of review:
1.  Departmental
2.  IRB

Form A -- Cover Sheet for IRB Project Proposal

Form A contains three parts and is required for all submissions: 

Part I:     The primary investigator completes and signs
Part II:    The faculty/staff advisor or sponsor completes and signs
Part III:   The departmental reviewer completes and signs

Completed Form A must be submitted with ONE of the following:

Form B:    For a project that is exempt from further review
Form C:    For a project qualifying for expedited review
Form D:    For a project needing full review

Form B -- Research Qualifying as Exempt from IRB Review

Form B contains three parts and is required for research that is exempt from IRB review:

Part I:     Review Exemption Checklist -- If all items can be checked, proceed to Part II
Part II:    Exemption Category Checklist -- If at least one item can be checked, proceed to Part III
Part III:   Project Information -- Provide details of project to support the request for an exemption

After determining research is exempt, submit to the departmental reviewer:

1. Form A
2. Form B
3. Research proposal methods, any instrumentation, and consent
4. Any associated documentation (recruitment scripts; questionnaires; consent statement)

If the departmental reviewer accepts the researcher’s Research Qualifying as Exempt from IRB Review, she/he signs Form A.

If the departmental reviewer does not accept the researcher’s form, she/he consults with the researcher and agreement on the status of the project is reached. If agreement cannot be reached, materials are forwarded to the IRB chair for review of status. The researcher, departmental reviewer, and the IRB chair must come to agreement on status before the project can proceed.

For exempt research, all documents are forwarded to the IRB chair. There is no further review unless the procedures for the research change. This review can take up to two weeks from the time the IRB chair receives the materials.

Form C -- Research Qualifying for Expedited Review

Form C contains three parts and is required for expedited reviews:

Part I:   Expedited Review Qualification Checklist -- If all items are checked, proceed to Part II
Part II:  Expedited Review Category Checklist -- If at least one item is checked, proceed to Part III
Part III: Project Information -- Provide details of project to support the request for an expedited review

After determining research is expedited, submit to the departmental reviewer:

1. Form A
2. Form C
3. Research proposal methods, any instrumentation, and consent -- only required for funded research
4. Any associated documentation (recruitment scripts; questionnaires; consent statement)

For research requiring expedited review, the departmental reviewer forwards Form C and associated materials to the IRB chair, who sends them to an IRB committee member for review.

If the IRB member has no concerns, she/he performs the expedited review and signs off on the proposal on Form C and forwards Form C to the IRB chair. There is no further review.

If the IRB member has concerns, she/he communicates with the IRB chair and through the chair with the researcher. When agreement has been reached, there is no further review.

If agreement cannot be reached, the proposal comes to the full IRB committee. When the review is completed the IRB chair forwards all documents to the Office of Sponsored Research. Expedited reviews can take up to three weeks from the time all documents are received by the IRB chair.

Form D -- Research Requiring Full IRB Committee Review

Form D contains two parts and is required for full reviews:

Part I:   Full Review Category Checklist -- Check any that apply
Part II:  Project Information -- Provide details of research project

After determining full IRB committee review is required, submit to the departmental reviewer:

1. Form A
2. Form D
3. Research proposal methods, any instrumentation, and consent
4. Any associated documentation (recruitment scripts; questionnaires; consent statement)

When a decision is made the IRB chair forwards all documents to the Office of Sponosored Research. Full reviews occur during a scheduled IRB meeting (October, December, February and May). Dates are posted on the IRB web site at the beginning of each semester. All materials for full reviews must be received by the IRB Chair 8 days prior to the stated IRB meeting.

Components of Informed Consent

The consent form must include:

A Research Statement

A statement that the study involves research, a readily understood explanation of the purpose(s) of the research and the expected duration of the participant’s participation, a simple description of the procedures to be followed, identification of any procedures which are experimental, and if deception will be involved. If deception is involved, there should be an indication that the research cannot be fully described at this time, but that at the conclusion of the participant’s participation an explanation will be provided.

Risks or Discomforts

A description of any reasonably foreseeable risks or discomforts to the participant. These include not only physical injury, but also possible psychological, social or economic harm, discomfort or inconvenience.

Benefits

A description of any benefits to the participant or to others which may reasonably be expected from the research (if no direct benefit, this should be stated).

Costs or Compensation

A statement concerning costs or compensation to the participant, if any.

Contact Information

An explanation of whom to contact for answers to pertinent questions about the research and research participant’s rights, and whom to contact in the event of a research related injury to the participant. Phone numbers should be provided.

Confidentiality

Description of the extent, if any, to which confidentiality of records identifying the participant will be maintained.

Voluntary Participation

A statement that participation is voluntary, that refusal to participate will involve no penalty of loss of benefits to which the subject is otherwise entitled, and that the participant may discontinue participation at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which the participant is otherwise entitled.

  1. Sample Informed Consent
  2. Sample Assent (Guidance for Assent Form)

Updated November 2015