Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to frequently asked questions.

What is the IRB?

IRB stands for "Institutional Review Board".  The 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 the human subjects.

What is a human subject?

A human subject is a living individual about whom an investigator conducting research obtains data through intervention/interaction with the individual or identifiable private information.

What are the IRB review types used by Lamar University?

Exempt Review - Research is no more than minimal risk to human subjects as determined by regulatory guidelines. Maybe 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 popluations and/or sensitive questions, as well as studies with the possibility of physical risk.

If I am a student, how do I submit an IRB?

ALL students must contact their faculty advisors before they can submit an IRB.

What are the human subjects training requirements?

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

I am doing a simple survey, do I need to submit my proposal to the IRB?

Yes, if the study meets the definition for research with human subjects, Lamar University's Federalwide Assurance (FWA) with the Department of Health and Human Services states that all research being conducted under the auspices of this institution is subject to review and approval by the IRB. Approval from the IRB must be in place before any interventions or interactions with human subjects can actually begin.

Does Lamar have a survey platform available for use with my approved IRB?

Qualtrics is a survey platform allowing you to construct surveys, distribute them to your respondents, report on your results, and more. Please visit the Qualtrics site for more information.

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 / statements to ensure that subjects are fully informed about the study. If you are a student, then please contact your faculty advisor for specific required document information.

How long does it take to get approval from the IRB?

Various factors influence the length of time necessary to approve an IRB submission, including the quality of the application, current volume of applications submitted and under review, and the type of review. This approval process typically take two weeks to one month.

What are common reasons that an IRB approval may be delayed?

  • 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 submission.
  • Information on the submission and/or consent form is inconsistent.
  • Insufficent detail in description of procedures.
  • Misunderstanding of eligibility for exempt status.

How do I make changes to my IRB submission?

All modifications must be completed using LU Cayuse IRB.  To make a modification to an existing IRB, log in to LU Cayuse IRB.

What if my IRB renewal was not submitted on time and approval has lapsed?

If the IRB has not reviewed and approved a research study by the end of the approval period, all research activities must cease, including recruitment and enrollment of subjects, consent, interventions, interactions, and data collection.

Where I can I receive help using LU Cayuse IRB?

For help using the LU Cayuse IRB online submission platform, go to IRB Help.