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Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is the IRB?
The IRB is the Institutional Review Board, the committee that reviews all research conducted at La Salle University. It is composed of representatives from the faculty, administration, and community. Universities are required to have such a committee to qualify for federal grant money. Research may not be funded, or in some cases, published, if the investigator cannot show proof of IRB review.

2. When does the IRB meet?
The dates of the IRB's meetings and proposal deadlines are listed on the schedule page. Research proposals requiring full review are discussed at the meetings. Proposals that are eligible for exemption or expedited review may be reviewed and approved by the Chair on a rolling basis.

3. What do I need to do to submit a research proposal for review? To have a research proposal reviewed by the IRB, click on instructions and follow the procedures described on the page, or click here for a printable set of directions.

4. If my proposal is exempt or only requires expedited review, what do I need to send in?
You will need to submit the same documents that you would for a regular full review. The Chair of the IRB needs to fully understand what you plan to do before he or she can determine whether the proposal is exempt or qualifies for expedited review. However, only one copy of the proposal is necessary.

5. Where can I get copies of the forms?
There are links to Adobe Acrobat (PDF) and Microsoft Word forms from the instructions page.

6. How can I meet the federal requirements for training in research?
Training for Protecting Human Research Participants (PHRP) can be found at Once training is completed, save and/or print the Certificate for yourself. Students involved with participants or in handling data should also complete the training and give a copy of the Certificate to the Principle Investigator. The IRB does not need a copy of the Certificate.