Procedures for Review

Research request forms, proposals, and support materials are to be submitted via Moodle.

  1. All faculty, staff, and students seeking IRB approval for research proposals requiring full or expedited review must pass a basic training course on research ethics offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). The IRB will only review proposals submitted by those who have passed the training. Instructions for completing the CITI training are available on the faculty/staff researcher or student researcher pages.
  2. All faculty and staff will be added to the "Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects Research" course in Moodle. You will be able to log on to your Moodle account and access the course by clicking on the link entitled "IRB for Human Subjects Research" that can be found under the miscellaneous section of your Moodle. If you need to make a submission and do not see the "IRB for Human Subjects Research" link please contact the chair of the committee (mckinney.b@lynchburg.edu). Faculty research sponsors are responsible for submitting student research materials to the IRB Moodle page for their students.
  3. To submit a research request form, proposal, and support materials within the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects Research course on Moodle you will click on the link pertaining to the proposal category within which you believe your research falls (full, expedited, or exempt) and follow the instructions to upload your documents. Use the guidelines listed below to help you decide whether your research project is exempt from review, qualifies for expedited review, or requires a full review.
  4. Complete the appropriate form - Request for Exempt from Review Status, Request for Expedited Review or Request for Full Review - and submit along with any necessary supporting materials (informed consent agreement, assent agreement, data collection instruments, etc.) via Moodle.
  5. The committee will review submitted applications and notify applicants of the decision via email. If concerns about the proposed study arise, the chair may request more information or revisions to the proposed study prior to giving approval. In this case, the revised proposal must be submitted with a new form, following the procedures above. Proposals will be reviewed and a response given within one month of the day the proposal was received, as the committee will meet once a month to conduct reviews.