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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

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. 

Reviews of Exempt and Expedited projects occur throughout the year outside of the IRB meetings.  Projects requiring full board review during a meeting will be reviewed in the fall and spring semesters.

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.

Most research projects do not need to be reviewed during a meeting.  However, due to the complexity and number of research projects being submitted for review by an IRB member, it will take 6-8 weeks for approval.  If you do not receive an acknowledgement of application receipt within 5 business days, contact

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. Heather Stone, Interim-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.

Fall 2019 Dates:

• Friday, September 13, 10am in Rougeau 322
• Friday, October 11, 10am in Rougeau 322
• Friday, November 8, 10 am in Rougeau 322
• December is TBA

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)