Institutional Review Board

This section is designed to help you navigate ethics practices at Aurora University. Institutional Review Boards review your research proposal if you are conducting research either with human or animal subjects.

There are two levels of Institutional Review Boards. Each college has a board. In addition, Aurora University has a board. The representatives of the college boards are as follows:

The university board consists of the members listed above, plus

Check with your representative to determine whether your research requires IRB review.

Ethics Tutorial

Begin your research work by completing an online ethics tutorial.

When you bring your proposal to the university IRB, you will need to attach a certificate showing that you completed the tutorial.

Below is the URL that will connect you to the tutorial site. You will register at the site. The tutorial will take about 2 hours to complete, but you may work on it in smaller increments.

Level of Review

Use the following document to help you determine if your study is considered research. The form is to be used as a guide, and if you have further questions or concerns, please contact your representative – see above information.

Human Subjects Determination Form (doc)

IRB Proposal and Consent Forms

Below is the proposal document you need to complete in order to have the IRB review your research.

IRB Proposal Template

Consent Form (docx)

Informed Consent Form (docx)

Special Forms

Use of the Waiver of Documentation of Informed Consent Form to request that your informed consent forms not require participants’ signatures. The form applies when your research either

  • Puts participants at risk if they sign a consent form
  • Involves a low-risk online survey where obtaining a signed informed consent is impractical

Waiver of Consent Form (docx)

Use of the Project Renewal Form when your research project extends beyond the one-year IRB approval cycle

Project Renewal Form (docx)

Research with Children

Children under the age of 18 are considered a protected class.  In order to conduct research with them, researchers need to obtain the child's assent and a parent or guardian's permission.

Sample Parent/Guardian Permission Form (docx)

Sample Child Assent Form (docx)

(The one exception to this rule is when a teacher is conducting action research, trying out an instructional technique to see how well it works.  The technique cannot involve audio or videotaping students, surveying them, or interviewing them. These research methods require parent and student permission. Action research consists of usual classroom activities.)

IRB Monthly Deadlines for Submittals - First Monday of the Month

October 6, 2014
November 3, 2014
December 1, 2014
January 5, 2015
February 2, 2015
March 9, 2015
April 6, 2015
May 4, 2015
June 1, 2015
July 6, 2015

IRB Monthly Meetings - Second Monday of the Month, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

October 13, 2014
November 10, 2014
December 8, 2014
January 12, 2015
February 9, 2015
March 16, 2015
April 13, 2015
May, 11, 2015
June 8, 2015
July 13, 2015