School of Education


The School of Education has asked the IRB not to review School of Education doctoral candidates' research applications until after candidates have successfully defended their dissertation proposals and their proposed studies have been reviewed by research consultants. Researchers who submit IRB applications prior to the completion of both of these prerequisites will be informed of the requirements and instructed to contact their faculty advisors. IRB review will not begin until after both requirements are met.    

IRB Application and Document Templates

Prior to receiving IRB approval, researchers will need to complete Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training. Please click on the link provided below for more information about CITI.

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

Gaining permission from schools 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!

Sometimes officials will not provide needed permission letters until a researcher has received IRB approval, but the IRB can't provide complete approval until we've received all necessary permission letters. Don't worry; there's a procedure for this circumstance. Please read the information provided in the Conditional Approval pdf.

Conditional Approval

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.


What Not to Submit

It is not necessary to submit your abstract or proposal draft to the IRB when you submit your research documents.