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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 policies and procedures can be directed to the Chair or the Director of the Office of Resarch 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.

Information and Forms

NOTE - Google Forms cannot be used for surveys.  The Google Drive Terms of Service specifically states it cannot be used for business and Google owns all content loaded into Google Drive.

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

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 will be held in Rougeau hall room 322 on the third Friday of each month during the Fall and Spring semesters.
The beginning time is planned for 10 am.
A representative who can discuss the project objectives and answer questions is required to attend.

Spring 2019 Dates:

• Friday, February 15, 10am in 322 Rougeou Hall
• Friday, March 15, 10am in 322 Rougeou Hall
• Friday, April and May are TBD


Please note - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) "Protection of Human Research Subjects" is no longer available.

You must take the human subject research training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

Download specific registration insructions.

First time users of the CITI training will need to register. Click the white "Register" button at the top of the page.

You will be prompted to create a username and password.

In the blank on the page to "find your organization", type "University of Louisiana at Lafayette" (which will self-populate)

Agree to terms of use and select confirmation of the school affiliation.

Continue to step 3 where you will select "University of Louisiana at Lafayette Courses"

On the courses page, Questions 1-7 should be answered "not at this time" or left blank unless you would like to view a course.

In question 8, select "Basic Human Subjects Research".  There are 15 modules to complete in the course.

Note - you may update your course selections later by clicking the "add a course button at the bottom of your "My Courses" page. The Responsible Conduct of Research Training  could be very useful for starting discussions in Research Ethics classes.

There is no charge to faculty, staff, or students to use this material, as long as you do not request CEU credit.

Useful Links

Am I doing Human Subjects Research NIH Questionnaire?  Note  - determinations of "exempt from federal regulations" should still send an application to the ULL IRB.

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)