Frequently Asked Questions

This page contains responses to frequently asked questions (FAQ's) regarding the Institutional Review Board and related research ethics and procedures. If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact:

Patti Senk, Chair IRB

  1. Must all research be reviewed?
    Nearly all research has ethical implications and they should be considered, but only research involving human subjects is reviewed by the college IRB. See the Purpose page for a complete listing of the rules.
  2. Where can I get application forms for the proposal?
    Application forms are available to print off our online proposal approval form.
  3. Are there any guidelines or help available for completing a proposal?
    One of your best sources of help is your research advisor/supervisor--s/he can help you consider each of the issues, risks, means to minimize risks, and clearly organize your responses. In addition, you might check the IRB Proposal Helppage, it has suggestions and options for each of the proposal questions, and a copy of a sample proposal.
  4. When can I schedule a review?
    Reviews are scheduled at the college level.  For the college level review, go to the schedule on the web. The college level review is scheduled monthly, and the committee must receive your proposals at least ten days before the meeting. Department schedules vary.
  5. What can I expect at an IRB meeting?
    At the beginning of the meeting, the committee will meet to review your proposal and discuss topics. After their discussion they will invite you and your advisor into the room to discuss anything that is not clear to them. Some changes may be mandatory and others may be recommendations. Before you can begin your research all changes must be made and turned in to the IRB Chair.
  6. What if my proposal is not accepted?
    If you work closely with your research advisor/supervisor on your proposal, and carefully and thoroughly respond to the questions, your review should go well. If there are concerns, the committee will identify what should be changed and it often makes suggestions to help you in your revision. As soon as the proposal is revised according to the stipulations and approved by the committee you may meet with your advisor/supervisor to continue your research.
  7. Is there a cost for the application or review?
    There is no charge for the application or review. However, you will need to make enough (8) photocopies of your proposal for each member of the IRB .
  8. What should I do if I know of research that has violated ethics?
    You should notify the chair of your department and any member of the IRB. They can talk with you about the situation and take appropriate action. If you have any concerns or are uncertain what constitutes a violation, please contact your chair or the IRB.
  9. Where can I find more information on ethical guidelines for human subjects?
    Please look on the Other Resources page within the IRB site.