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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

If you want to use human participants or their private information in your research, you must submit an application for review and approval to the IRB Chair.  The Institutional Review Board (IRB) will review and approve your application before you can begin your research.   The IRB functions to assure that research involving human participants is carried out in an ethical manner. The principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice will prevail in IRB review of research involving human subjects.

After reviewing the IRB General Guidelines, questions involving about policies and procedures should be directed to the Chair. If you are unsure whether your research involves human subjects, please try the "Do I need IRB review" checklist or ask the Chair. Applications should be sent to the Chair two months before initiation of research.

Manual and Application

IRB General Guidelines

IRB Information for Graduate Students

Do I need IRB review?

IRB Forms

Sample Consent Forms


Dr. David Yarbrough, Chair

Dr. Robin Broussard, Coordinator

Schedule of Meetings

IRB Meetings are usually held on the second Friday of each month during the Fall and Spring semesters. Please contact the Chair or the Coordinator for current location and time.


IRB training is required prior to obtaining IRB approval of research involving human participants. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers self-paced online training in the Protection of Human Research Subjects. Log-on and register as a non-NIH individual taking the course. The entire course is designed to be taken in one or two hours, depending on the pace you set. You may save your progress and return to it later. Once you take the entire course, print out a Certificate of Completion and send a copy to the IRB Chair.

Additional detailed training on specific topics in human subject research can be taken through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative at the University of Miami (CITI). First time users of the CITI training should register and enter University of Louisiana at Lafayette for the organization. You will be prompted to create a username and password. We suggest using your CLID for the user name. You will also be prompted to select the content areas you are interested in. You may select as many or as few as you like. Your selections can be updated later. There is no charge to you to use this material and there is currently no requirement for IRB applicants to complete any of the CITI human subject training. This is offered as a rich resource. You will also note there is Responsible Conduct of Research Training available, which could be very useful for Research Ethics classes and graduate students. Enjoy!

Useful Links

Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)

OHRP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Current Federal Policies for the Protection of Human Subjects

The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research

OHRP Guidelines for Research on Stem and Germ Cells

Federal Office of Research Integrity

Guide to Handling Scientific Misconduct

International Compilation of Human Subject Protections (2010)