Institutional Review Board

If participants or researchers are ACU faculty, staff or students, and the research -- whether external or internal -- involves human subjects or animals, the project director or principal investigator (PI) must submit a Research Review Request to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). He or she must obtain approval before beginning the research. If the PI has received IRB approval from another institution with whom he or she is affiliated, the IRB application and approval should be attached to the email submission of the completed ACU Research Review Request.

The Abilene Christian University IRB Policy clearly delineates the institution's policy.

Informed consent guidelines help researchers include all necessary elements in the consent form.

The researcher submits the Research Review Request Form to the Director of Research and Sponsored Programs who processes it and communicates with the members of the Institutional Review Board regarding the request.

Each reviewer submits the IRB Approval Form to the review board chair, who then informs the researcher of the board's decision.

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