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There are two IRB applications. The general IRB application is complex and includes procedures that are not utilized in seminary research. The seminary IRB application is shorter, simpler, and applicable to the types of studies conducted by seminary students. Seminary students should select and utilize the seminary IRB application.

Seminary IRB Application and Templates

To assist seminary students as they fill out their IRB applications, the IRB has created two complete, sample research applications and supporting documents. Both are included in the below link.

Sample Seminary Applications 

Gaining permission from churches or other necessary entities to conduct research at their facilties or functions and obtaining informed consent are two very different processes. Please review the below-linked page for more information.

Permission vs. Consent: Is There a Difference? Yes!

If a researcher plans to conduct a survey and his or her participants will be limited to LU students, faculty, and/or staff, the researcher will be required to use Qualtrics as the survey platform. Qualtrics information is included at the below link.