Research Assistance

Department Specific Information

IRB Applications & Templates

Our applications and templates are provided here for your convenience. Additional information about each form is available below. If you have other questions or need further clarification, please contact the IRB.

  • IRB Applications

    If your degree program is in the Rawlings School of Divinity, use the following application:


    All other applicants:


  • Signature Pages

    Signature Page 1

    You and your faculty advisor (if applicable) must sign the IRB application in order to receive approval. The following stand-alone signature page is designed to facilitate this process:


    Signature Page 2

    In certain cases, your faculty advisor may not be able to physically (or electronically) sign the IRB application. If this is the case, the signature page below has form fields that they may type their name into:


    Please note: Only your faculty advisor should type his or her name. The IRB will verify all typed faculty advisor signatures.


  • 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.


    Please note: 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 and Consent page for more information.


  • Recruitment

    The following template is provided for you to use when recruiting participants to 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

  • 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. To simplify the process of creating a parental consent document, the IRB has developed the following template:


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


    Please note: If the minors in your study are fifteen years old or older, parental consent and child assent may be combined on the same document. In these cases, use the parental consent template, but add a signature line for the minor.


  • 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 an 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 must submit a change in protocol form to the IRB:


    Please note: 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, completing the following form and submit it to the IRB:


    Please note: More information can be found on the IRB's adverse events page.