Institutional Review Board

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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.

Please scan all documents into one document and send to the chair of the committee. Please include your full name and full date in the title of your document.

The representatives of the college boards are as follows:

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

Application Process

Please see the presentation, "How to Complete an IRB Application" for details on the application process.

IRB Manual

Please use this manual for specific questions when completing your application or additional forms.

IRB Manual (PDF)

Ethics Tutorial

Before September 26, 2018:

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.

After September 26, 2018:

If you cannot attach NIH certificate that is less than 5 years old, then you will need to do the following. When you bring your proposal to the university IRB, you will need to attach confirmation that you have read and understood the ethics training document.  Please read the Ethics Training PDF and then sign the Ethics Confirmation PDF and include this in your application document.

Level of Review

Human Subjects Determination Form (DOCX) - Use this 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. If you are a student, your instructor may still require you to submit a proposal to the IRB even if regulations don't require it.

IRB Proposal Application and Sample Consent Form

Application Cover Page (DOCX) - Include this cover page (as a separate document) when you email the IRB chair. This checklist is designed to speed your application process.

IRB Application (DOCX)

Sample Consent Form (DOCX)

Elements of Informed Consent (PDF) - Please use this form to assist you in including all of the important sections of your consent form.

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)

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

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 application deadlines:

Thursday, October 4, 2018
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Thursday, December 6, 2018

IRB meeting dates for reviews:

Thursday, September 13, 2018 3:30-4:30
Thursday, October 11, 2018 3:30-4:30
Thursday, November 8, 2018 3:30-4:30
Thursday, December 13, 2018 3:30-4:30