The submission of an application for review by the Institutional Review Board is a completely electronic process. In order to submit an application, one must:
Click "Download the Shepherd IRB Form". This is in Microsoft Word format. SAVE TO YOUR COMPUTER.
Edit the form as appropriate. Refer to the "Information Needed for Proposal", "Student Researcher Policies", "Exemptions", and "Expedited Reviews" links for necessary information.
Submit the Shepherd IRB form, along with all necessary documentation, electronically to the IRB Chair at this e-mail address. Allow two full weeks for Fall or Spring semester requests. Allow more than two weeks for breaks or summer sessions.
The IRB Chair will disseminate the form as appropriate, and will respond electronically to the applicant in one of the following ways:
I. For all applications:
The Institutional Review Board has APPROVED the research. An explanation of the decision includes the limitations of the acceptance, and the requirement to resubmit an updated Institutional Review Board application for projects expected to last longer than one academic year.
The Institutional Review Board has REJECTED the research. A letter detailing the reasons for rejection has included.
II. For applications requesting EXEMPT status:
The application for Institutional Review Board review has received "exempted" status, as described by selection number ___ below.
The application for Institutional Review Board review has not received "exempted" status. An expedited review of the application will be performed.
The application for Institutional Review Board review has not received "exempted" status. A full review of the application will be performed.