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IRB Applications and Templates

  • IRB Applications

    If you are in the Doctor of Ministry (D. Min) program, use the following application:

    All other applicants:

  • Signature Page

    You and your faculty chair (for student research) must submit a signed signature page to the IRB in order to receive approval. The signature page can be scanned, faxed, or mailed. If you would prefer an electronic signature page, request this option when you submit your application.

  • Permission

    If you plan to conduct research or recruit participants at institutions, organizations, facilities, or events (schools, churches, businesses, conferences, etc.) that are unaffiliated with the university, you must seek written permission in order to utilize their resources.

    This requirement is also applicable to researchers planning to utilize organizational membership lists to solicit potential research participants.

    This process is different from seeking the consent of a potential research subject whom you would like to recruit for an IRB-approved protocol. See the Permission page for more information.

    The following template is provided for use by organizations or individuals when granting permission to the researcher:

  • Recruitment

    The following template is provided for you to use when recruiting participants for your study. The following template may be modified as appropriate for social media posts, written letters, verbal scripts, or telephone calls:

    If you need to follow up on your initial recruitment request, use the following template:

    If you plan to recruit participants using a flyer, the following template is available for use:

  • Informed Consent

    If you are unsure of what informed consent is, or would like more information, visit our Informed Consent page.

  • Parental Consent & Child Assent

    If you plan to recruit children as participants, you must obtain parent/guardian permission, as well as the child's assent.

    If the minors in your study are of high school age, parental consent and child assent may be combined into a single document using the parental consent template. If the minor participants are younger than high school age, a child assent form and a parental consent form should be used.

  • Short Form Consent

    You should use a short form consent document if your participants do not speak English or are illiterate. If you are unsure of what short form consent is or what you must provide in a short form consent document, read the following instructions:

    To simplify the process of creating a short form consent document, the IRB has developed the following templates, available in both English and Spanish:

  • Debriefing

    You should only use the debriefing template if your study involves deception. To simplify the process of creating a debriefing document, the IRB has developed the following templates, available in both English and Spanish:

  • Annual Review

    For projects in which data collection takes longer than one year, an annual review form must be submitted to the IRB:

  • Change in Protocol

    If you need to make changes to a previously approved study, you will probably need to submit a change in protocol form to the IRB.

    If you are unsure about whether a change in protocol request is needed, review the applicability document:

    This type of review is much quicker than IRB-application review and approval and is generally completed within one week. All documents revised as a result of the change and any needed permission letters should be submitted along with the completed form.

  • Adverse Events

    If an adverse event occurs during research procedures, or is in any way associated with an IRB-approved study, the IRB must be notified. If an adverse event has occurred, complete the following form and submit it to the IRB (irb@liberty.edu):

    See the IRB's Adverse Events Policy for more details.

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