Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Lamar University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee established under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to review and approve applications for research projects involving human subjects. The IRB provides leadership in the protection of the rights, welfare, and well being of human subjects in research.

Full Board Review Calendar
February 6, 2024
April 2, 2024
July 2, 2024
September 3, 2024
November 5, 2024

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  • Cayuse Access

    Students: If your Cayuse account says it is disabled, you must contact your faculty advisor. Students cannot request their own access to Cayuse.

    Faculty/Staff: All requests for Cayuse access must come from a faculty or staff member and be sent from a Lamar University email address.

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  • CITI Human Subjects Training

    All investigators, co-investigators, and key personnel must complete human subjects training prior to submitting an IRB. Lamar University uses CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) for Basic Human Subjects Research (BHSR) training. Registration for courses is available through CITI

  • Qualtrics Survey Platform

    Electronic surveys used in conjunction with an IRB must use a secure survey platform. It is suggested electronic surveys at Lamar University use Qualtrics.

    Qualtrics is a survey platform managed by Lamar University Enterprise Services. For questions or issues with Qualtrics please contact LU Enterprise Services at either or 409-880-7175.

  • What is the IRB

    The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee established to review and approve applications for research projects involving human subjects. The primary purpose of the IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects.

  • Types of IRB Reviews

    Exempt Review - Research is no more than minimal risk to human subjects as determined by regulatory guidelines. May be granted by the IRB upon review of the application.

    Expedited Review - Research only involves no more than a minimal risk to human subjects, including blood sampling in minimal amounts, review of records collected for non-research purposes, and survey research.

    Full Board Review - Research involving greater than minimal risk, including studies with vulnerable populations or sensitive questions, as well as studies with the possibility of physical risk.

  • How Long Does IRB Approval Take

    Various factors influence the length of time necessary to approve an IRB, including the quality of the application, current volume of applications submitted and under review, and the type of review. The approval process also depends on the type of IRB review submitted. Exempt and Expedited submissions are approved fairly quick but Full Board submissions take longer.

  • Common Reasons for Delayed Approval
    • Human Subjects training is not current
    • Plan for protecting privacy of participants and maintaining confidentiality of their data is inadequate
    • Consent documents lack required elements
    • Missing or incomplete responses on IRB submission
    • Information on submission or consent form is inconsistent
    • Insufficient detail in description of procedures
    • Misunderstanding of eligibility for exempt review
  • What is a Consent Form

    A consent form is a written document that explains the research study to potential study participants. This document is signed by the study participants and must contain information or statements to ensure subjects are fully informed about the study. If you are a student, please contact your faculty advisor for specific required document information.