The IRB is will begin accepting Summer I Semester IRB applications, continuation/change requests, and requests for exemptions May 30, 2013. Summer I applications will be accepted for review until June 13, 2013. Applications received after this date will be assigned for review beginning on July 5, 2013.
Applications are reviewed in the order they are received. The time required for review and approval of an average IRB application, carefully prepared in accordance with the recommended guidelines, submitted by an applicant who has completed the required training in the protection of human subjects, is approximately two to three weeks. The 2-3-week timeline begins after the IRB application comes out of routing—meaning that the faculty sponsor (if applicable), Chair and Dean have submitted their approval. Once an application is sent to the IRB for review, please allow approximately two to three weeks to receive the IRB's review decision. Full committee review may take longer depending on when in the meeting cycle the application is received. Final approval is dependent upon requested modifications, if any, being satisfactorily completed.
Applications for research involving children, pregnant women, 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 monthly 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.