The IRB review schedule for regular and expedited applications, Continuing Review/Amendment requests, and requests for exemptions follows the academic semester schedule. In most cases, review of applications starts the first week of each semester and ends on the last day of classes. Applications can be submitted at any time during the semester and will be reviewed in the order received. However, do not submit an application that may trigger a full-board review during the last month of a semester and expect to receive prompt review/approval .
The time required for review and approval of an average IRB application (an application that is carefully prepared in accordance with the required instructions and submitted by an applicant who has completed the required training in the protection of human subjects) is approximately 2-3 weeks but may take longer. PIs who have not followed instructions, have not used the correct templates, or have not completed the required training will experience delays, because they will be required to correct those errors and omissions. Also, for applications that are submitted between semesters, there is no guarantee they will be processed and reviewed in the usual 2-3-week time frame.
Applications for research involving children or prisoners as participants are reviewed by the full committee, which typically meets every two to three weeks during Fall and Spring semesters and once per summer session during the Summer.
Please note that in all cases, it is in your best interest to submit applications as far in advance as possible. If your graduation is dependent on research that requires an IRB approval during the current session, ideally your application should be submitted at the beginning of the semester, and no later than one month prior to the start date of your research.
The SHSU IRB Online Application/Form System is available to applicants 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and you may access it from any computer.
The following table lists all scheduled meetings of the convened IRB:
|Meeting Date||IRB Meeting Location/Time*|
|Thursday, September 12, 2013||12:00 ORSP Conference Room|
|Tuesday, September 24, 2013||12:00 ORSP Conference Room|
|Tuesday, October 8, 2013||12:00 ORSP Conference Room|
|Tuesday, October 22, 2013||12:00 ORSP Conference Room|
|Tuesday, November 12, 2013||CANCELLED|
|Tuesday, November 26, 2013||CANCELLED|
|Tuesday, December 3, 2013||12:00 ORSP Conference Room|
*Caveat: If there are no IRB applications to review or other IRB business in which to attend, the IRB meeting will be canceled.