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Institutional Review Board

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Who are the members of the IRB?

  • How often does the IRB meet?
  • Where do I send my research materials for review?
  • How is expedited review conducted?
  • How long will it take to receive feedback from the IRB?
  • How do I decide whether I should submit my protocol for expedited or full review?
  • If I am doing a study using census data or other data sets that have been archived and are publicly available, do I need to submit a proposal for review?
  • If I am an undergraduate student conducting research with human subjects for purposes of a Mulcahy Scholarship, honors thesis, or independent study, must I submit an application for IRB Review?
  • What does "conditional" approval mean?
  • What if I don't understand or disagree with the feedback I receive from the IRB, and/or feel my project has been misconstrued?
  • Must an investigator obtain letters from cooperating institutions prior to submitting an application to the IRB?
  • When reviewing a proposal, will the IRB consider the soundness of the research methodology?
  • Under what conditions must I continue to submit annual renewal applications for purposes of Continuing Review?
  • What if I need to make a change in my consent form or research protocol?
  • Must I have IRB approval for my research prior to submitting a proposal for external funding?
  • What happens if my faculty sponsor leaves the University?
  • How should data be stored?
  • How long should I keep consent forms and other research materials?

IRB Main Page


Institutional Review Board
Loyola University Chicago · 6439 N. Sheridan Road, Suite 400 · Chicago, IL 60626-5309
Phone: 773.508.2471 · Fax: 773.508.8942 · E-mail: irb@luc.edu

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