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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

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COVID19 update (Jan 5, 2021) - The IRB continues to operate remotely.

Safe Resumption of Face to Face Human Subjects Research

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institutional Review Board continues to operate remotely. As the University continues operations (see the University's requirements for returning to research), the IRB is encouraging safe re-engagement of human subjects in research involving interpersonal, face-to-face interactions. Human Subject research will closely follow the University’s phased return guidelines (Return-to-Workplace Guide) based on maintaining proper social distancing, the availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and cleaning and disinfecting supplies. 

Research utilizing remote procedures is preferred during the COVID19 pandemic. Researchers who plan to engage or re-engage human subjects for research involving in-person interactions will need to include methods for mitigating SARS-CoV-2  transmission in their  applications (current IRB form) or amendments to a previously approved application. Amendments to previously approved applications should be made in the context of the approved application.  The information needs to include realistic timeline expectations (including the IRB review and approval), thorough assessment of risks, and description of safety plans (social distancing via time and space, mask wearing, disinfection of equipment) that align with the CDC Reopening Guide. Contact the IRB at for questions regarding resumption of human subjects research and changes to approved research.

The IRB functions to ensure that research involving human participants is carried out in an ethical manner. 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 Chair. 

UL Lafayette adheres to the recommendations of the Office for Human Research Protections and requires all human subject research to be reviewed by the IRB, even projects that seem to fit the exempt categories detailed in 45 CFR.46.104.

Reviews of Exempt and Expedited projects occur throughout the year outside of the IRB meetings.  Generally, the IRB requires 2-4 weeks to review and approve an exempt or expedited review category project that does not require extensive modifications.  More complicated projects or those submitted during high workload periods could take 8 weeks for review.  Full board reviews are only accomplished 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 2 weeks prior to the meeting date.  If you do not receive an acknowledgement of application receipt within 5 business days, contact  All applications undergo pre-review to determine that all the necessary items for review are present.  Applications requiring additional information will be returned to allow the submitter to provide the additional information.

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. 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.

Class projects utilizing human subjects have a shortened review procedure.  Please see the page for Classroom Human Subjects Research.

Information and Forms

NOTE - Google Forms and Google Drive cannot be used.  The Google Drive Terms of Service specifically states it cannot be used for business.  In addition the Google Privacy Policy states, "We also collect the content you create, upload, or receive from others when using our services. This includes things like email you write and receive, photos and videos you save, docs and spreadsheets you create, and comments you make on YouTube videos."  This does not align with keeping information confidential; which is a requirement for human subject research.

UL Lafayette provides access to OneDrive for secure storage of electronic files that can be accessed from Home or Office by the owner of the file and anyone that person shares the file or folder with.  This should be used to protect data instead of storing files on flash drives or portable hard drives.  To learn more about this resource, see the IT help page on OneDrive.

Instructions to register for Human Subject Training with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative

IRB General Guidelines

IRB Information for Graduate Students

Do I need IRB review?

IRB Forms

Sample Consent Forms


Dr. Hung-Chu Lin, Chair

Dr. Heather Stone,Vice-Chair

Dr. Robin Broussard, Coordinator

Schedule of Meetings

2nd Friday of the month at 10 am for applications requiring full board review.

A representative who can discuss the project objectives and answer questions is required to attend.

Useful Links

Am I doing Human Subjects Research NIH Questionnaire?  Note  - determinations of "exempt from federal regulations" must be made by the IRB.  Please submit an application.

Subjects with Questionable Capacity to Consent

Research with Vulnerable Populations

Guidance for de-identifying data

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)