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Institutional Review Board

IRB Application Checklist

Before you get started on your IRB application, review this checklist! Using this checklist will ensure that you have created all of the required supplemental documents. Incomplete IRB submissions will be immediately returned.


Submit an IRB Application through Cayuse IRB (Human Ethics)

  • IRB applications must be submitted to the IRB through Cayuse.
  • Please only log in to Cayuse when you are sure you are ready to apply for IRB approval.
  • For instructions on logging in and creating your IRB application, review Cayuse How Tos (pdf) and Cayuse FAQs (pdf).
  • After you have received IRB approval, any modifications, incident reports, or renewal applications must be submitted using Cayuse.
  • If you receive a “forbidden” message when you attempt to log in to Cayuse, please submit an access request. We’ll need to create your profile in Cayuse, and you will have access on the following day.

Log in to Cayuse IRB (Human Ethics)


Supporting Document Templates

Cayuse IRB will require you to attach various supporting documents to your application. We offer templates for most of these documents* below and encourage you to make use of them:

*Please note, the IRB does not provide templates for study instruments (e.g., survey questions, interview prompts, or session outlines). Study instruments must be created by the researcher and attached to the IRB application in Cayuse.


Additional Information

IRB Info
Regulatory Info
Research Opportunities
IRB Processes & Guidance
IRB Policies

Human subjects research is governed by numerous guidelines, regulations, and policies:

Liberty University fosters an environment focused on academic achievement and excellence in research. Explore the below opportunities:

The IRB strives to review applications adequately and in a timely manner while providing positive feedback for researchers. Certain processes have been put in place to help us meet this goal:

To ensure that researchers remain compliant with federal regulations, the IRB has developed the below policies:

Human subjects research is regulated by the federal government through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Human Research Protections. The IRB committee consists of faculty members from various Liberty departments and one non-university member.

The IRB must review all proposals for research that will involve human participants to ensure the safety and privacy of participants and the confidentiality of the information that will be collected from and about them. The IRB is part of Liberty University’s Research Ethics Office, which is responsible for ensuring that all research conducted by Liberty University faculty, staff, and students is done in accordance with federal regulations and university policy.

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