Thank you for visiting the website for the LC IRB. Use the menu to the left of this page to navigate to specific pages of the site. Contact the IRB Director, Dr. Alisha Walker Marciano, at , with questions about the information on these pages.
The purpose of the LC IRB is to perform ethical review of proposals for human subject research, and to provide leadership in the development of and education on policies and procedures for the responsible and ethical conduct of human subject research. The primary concern of the LC IRB is the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research conducted at or by researchers affiliated with Lynchburg College.
Forms and Templates
Use the links below to access proposal forms and templates, including the standard informed consent template. All research involving humans must be approved by the LC IRB. If you are not sure whether your project qualifies as research, please complete the research determination form below.
*Note: All documents should be submitted electronically using Google documents. Please share all completed documents with the IRB Director, Dr. Alisha Walker Marciano.*
Research Determinations (Assessment, evaluation, class projects, and other special activities): If you are not sure if your study qualifies as “human subjects research” please complete the research determination request form in order to receive the research determination proposal template.
Minimal Risk Research (Inherently minimal risk or risk that has been sufficiently minimized): If you are conducting non-federally funded research with minimal risk to participants (formerly categorized as either exempt or expedited), please complete the minimal risk research proposal request form in order to receive the minimal risk research proposal template. Note: Please contact the IRB Director to request the proposal form for federally funded research.
Full Board Review (Research with more than minimum risk): If you are conducting non-federally funded research with vulnerable populations and/or research with more than minimal risk, please complete the full board review research proposal request form in order to receive the full board proposal template. Note: Please contact the IRB Director to request the proposal form for federally funded research.
Modifications to Approved Research: If you need to update or change an approved research protocol, please complete the research modification request form in order to receive the research modification proposal template. Modifications to research projects may not be initiated until IRB approval has been obtained. The original approval number and the date of approval will remain as the approval of record.
Closure of Study: After a study has been completed (i.e. no further contact with human subjects), please complete the research study closure request form in order to receive the research closure template. Please submit the closure form within 30 days of the end of data collection.
Site Permission Form: Conducting Research Outside of the Institution: In order to conduct a research study outside of the institution (i.e. educational setting, business, etc.) it is necessary that you obtain permission from the appropriate administrator (i.e. principal, district supervisor, manager, etc.). Please complete the site permission request form in order to receive the administration permission form template. Submit the completed administration permission form with your research proposal when proposing to collect data at an off-campus site.
Informed Consent (for participants 18 and older): Use the standard informed consent form to provide participants with information about what is expected of them when taking part in the research study. Please complete the informed consent request form in order to receive the informed consent template. Please complete all sections of the template (do not delete sections) with information relevant to your study and review the entire informed consent agreement for accuracy after completion.
Informed Assent (participants under the age of 18): Use the standard assent form for participants who are minors. Revise the assent form and language of the assent form to fit with the developmental level of the participants. Parental consent is also required unless a waiver is being requested.
Parental Informed Consent (parent/guardian of participants under the age of 18): Use the standard parental consent form for the parent/guardian of participants who are minors.