All research conducted at Benedictine University which involves human or animal subjects must first be reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The mission of IRB is to assure that ethical guidelines for research are followed. IRB reviews each research proposal and will either approve the proposal or make a formal request for changes to meet NIH and/or APA ethical guidelines for human subjects research. In cases of animal or other sensitive research, the proposal will be considered by a subcommittee designed specifically with that expertise. The committee consists of several faculty members representing all four colleges and a few community experts, most of whom engage in original research in addition to their academic responsibilities.
Applications for review of research are accepted by IRB at any time, and are reviewed by the committee typically on a two week turn around during the academic calendar year. Note that end of semester deadlines are the first Friday of the month for December and May. Applications received outside of the academic calendar year (during breaks) or sensitive and full board reviews are completed as time permits. Applicants are encouraged to access specific handbooks for advice in completing projects for specific research projects with the appropriate templates (consent forms, parent permission, institutional agreements, etc.)
Applying to IRB: