Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The IRB ensures research involving human participants is carried out ethically. The principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice must be utilized.
To use human participants or their private information in your research, you must complete human subject training offered via CITI and submit an application for review and approval to the IRB. Check to see if you need IRB review with a brief survey.
UL Lafayette adheres to the recommendations of the Office for Human Research Protections and requires all human subject research be reviewed by the IRB, even projects in exempt categories (45 CFR.46.104). After reviewing the IRB General Guidelines, questions involving policies and procedures can be directed to the Chair or the Director of the Office of Research Integrity.
Applications must be submitted via IRBManager at least two months before initiation of research.
All applications receive pre-review to determine all necessary items for review are present. Applications requiring additional information will be returned to allow the submitter to provide the additional information. Time for completion: 1 week.
Exempt and Expedited projects reviewed all year outside of IRB meetings. Time for completion: 2-4 weeks when revisions are not needed; 8 weeks for complicated projects or those submitted during high workload period.
Full board reviews are on the second Friday of the month during Fall and Spring semesters, unless the date conflicts with scheduled holidays. Submissions for Full Board review must be received 3 weeks prior to the meeting date. A representative who can discuss the project objectives and answer questions is required to attend.
Class projects utilizing human subjects have a shortened review procedure. Please see the page for Classroom Human Subjects Research.
Contacts for IRB
Dr. Hung-Chu Lin, Chair
Dr. Heather Stone, Vice-Chair
Dr. Robin Broussard, Coordinator
Dr. Stephannie Ruiz, Coordinator
Schedule of Meetings
2nd Friday of the month at 10 am for applications requiring full board review.