Institutional Review Board
Lee University established the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to protect the rights of human participants and to promote quality research by faculty and students.
The IRB must approve any research development, testing, and evaluation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge concerning living individual(s) about whom an investigator, whether professional or student, conducting research obtains data through intervention or interaction with the individual(s) or identifiable private information.
To submit a research proposal for IRB review, please complete the following steps. Contact the OURS or the IRB Chairperson if you have any questions about this process.
- Download the newest version of the IRB proposal document here.
- Complete the proposal document and submit it to the OURS at email@example.com.
- Each investigator is also required to submit a Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) completion certificate alongside the research proposal. You can find instructions on how to complete the CITI training here.
- The OURS will conduct an initial review of the research proposal to ensure all major components of the proposal have been completed.
- The IRB Chairperson will then review the proposal to determine the appropriate review category (i.e., exempt, expedited, or full-board review).
- After the proposal has been reviewed by the appropriate party, the OURS or the IRB Chairperson will contact the investigator(s) to notify them of the status of the proposal.
- The IRB Chairperson and/or committee will then review the proposal and provide comments for the investigator(s) where necessary.
- The investigator(s) should then highlight all changes to the research proposal and resubmit it to the OURS for a final review.
- After the proposal has been reviewed and approved by the IRB committee, the OURS will notify the investigator(s) of the approval via email.