Stand-Alone Signature Page
**Unless otherwise instructed by your faculty advisor, select Signature Page 1. To facilitate the ability of faculty advisors to physically or electronically sign the signature page, this version does not contain form fields, which will interfere with the ability of the faculty advisor to attach an electronic signature.
Signature Page 2 contains form fields for the faculty advisor's typed signature and date. It should only be used if it is not feasible for the faculty advisor to physically sign the form or attach an electronic signature. The faculty advisor and not the student should type his or her name and provide a date of signature in the appropriate form fields. The IRB may seek to verify a typed faculty advisor signature by sending a verification email to the faculty advisor.
LU students, faculty, and staff who plan to conduct research or recruit participants at institutions, organizations, facilities, or events—schools, churches, businesses, conferences, etc.—that are unaffiliated with the University are required to seek written permission from those outside groups 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.
Researchers planning to recruit children as participants must gain parental permission. Please utilize the informed consent template provided. A signature line is already in place on the informed consent template for parental consent.
Researchers planning to recruit children as participants must gain parental permission and child assent. Please utilize the informed consent template provided above and revise the document so that it is addressed to parents. If the planned minor participants are fifteen years old or older, parental consent and child assent may be combined on the same document. The informed consent template should be utilized if this is the case, and the preparation of a separate child assent form will not be necessary. A signature line is already in place on the informed consent template for parental consent.
Child Assent Template
Spanish Translation Child Assent Template
Short Form Consent
The short form consent document is utilized when potential participants do not speak English or are illiterate. Please see the instructions attached below.
Short Form Consent Instructions
Short Form Consent Template
Spanish Translation Short Form Consent Template
Other IRB Forms
For projects in which data collection takes longer than one year, an annual review form must be submitted to the IRB.
If a researcher needs to make changes to an IRB-approved study, he or she must submit a change-in-protocol form for review and approval. CIP review and approval 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 change-in-protocol form.
Change in Protocol
If an adverse event occurs during research procedures or that is associated with an IRB-approved study, the IRB must be notified and an adverse events form must be completed and submitted to the IRB. The IRB's adverse events policy is detailed in the IRB Handbook.
Adverse Events Form
If a research project requires an application to be approved by a separate institutional review board in addition to Liberty University’s IRB, researchers should expect the approval process to take longer than the stated one- to two-month time period. The statement of understanding is a document expressing acknowledgement of this potential delay on the part of the researcher.
Statement of Understanding