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The IRB only returns documents if revisions are required or if clarification is needed. If you do not receive a document back from the IRB after submitting it for review, this means that the document has met all of the IRB's requirements and can be used once you receive your IRB approval letter.
For more information, read the IRB Review Process.
Yes. You cannot start collecting data without an approval letter from the IRB.
The general timeline is one to two months. Simple projects may take as little as one month, but more complicated projects may take up to two months.
In general, you are welcome to provide compensation to your participants, however, there are a few things to keep in mind:
The IRB issues not ready for review, or NRR, emails if a submission does not contain all of the required submission documents. This will ultimately help you get through the IRB process in less time. The NRR process also allows our office to process applications faster because we will have all of the documentation we need from the start.
If you receive an NRR email, you likely forgot to submit a required IRB document. In most cases, this is a recruitment letter, a consent document, or one of your study instruments (e.g., survey questions or an interview guide). Simply gather the missing documents together and re-submit your application to the IRB. Once you submit all of the required documents, you will receive a study number and a status email.
If you are an external researcher (i.e., are not a current Liberty student or faculty member), you will need to have your study approved by our IRB before it can be distributed to Liberty populations. To receive this approval, please submit the following to email@example.com:
Once these items are received, the IRB will seek administrative approval for you to conduct your study with Liberty participants. Depending on the nature of the study, we may request additional information. Review of the proposed study in no way guarantees that Liberty will participate. However, Liberty supports the greater researcher community and will consider any such requests in good faith.
If you are an LU researcher (i.e., a current student or faculty member) and you wish to engage Liberty populations in your research study, you will first need to seek and receive IRB approval. Once you have received IRB approval, you will need to complete the following steps:
The text of the IRB approved recruitment materials should not be altered without first verifying the changes with the IRB. If the Marketing Department or Human Resources request any changes to the recruitment materials, please contact the IRB for assistance.
No. CITI training must be completed prior to receiving IRB approval, but you do not necessarily need to have completed CITI training to submit your application for review. We will accept the application and begin our review, but IRB approval will not be granted until CITI training has been completed by all principal investigators and co-investigators. That said, we highly encourage applicants to complete CITI training prior to submitting an application.