Institutional Review Board (IRB)

About the Institutional Review Board (IRB)

It is University policy to reasonably ensure that the rights and welfare of human participants are adequately protected in research conducted under its auspices. In addition, both federal and state laws require this protection. In order for the University to fulfill its responsibility, all human participants research conducted under University auspices must receive appropriate review and approval. The University has authorized the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to review and approve human participants’ research. The IRB is a campus-wide committee made up of faculty, administrators, and at least one non-institutional member.

The university policies, the online application process and CITI modules are accessed here.

Meeting Schedule

Sept. 10, 2014
October 8, 2014
November 12, 2014
December 10, 2014
January 14, 2015
February 11, 2015
March 18, 2015
April 8, 2015
May 13, 2015

*Applications for full review are due one week prior to scheduled meetings. Exempt and expedited applications are accepted at any time. Full reviews are conducted in June, July, & August only on an urgent basis.  Inquire of the IRB chair to determine need.

The AU IRB home is on the AU website, it can be accessed here. There you’ll find Five Steps linked to the Policy Manual, sample documents, ethics training modules, campus requirements and the online application.  Please work through all Five Steps. The ethics training modules require you to register with your AU ID and password. You must complete the ethics modules before submitting your application. To submit your application you also must sign in with your AU ID and password. Please ensure that your department representative to the AUNE-IRB has approved your application for submission before you submit it to the IRB online.

Once an application is started, it can be saved along the way. In addition, you can email the application to yourself from the initial Applications tab. Before submitting the project (using the “submit for review” button on the Submission tab), email the application to yourself and have your advisor and departmental representative review the application materials. When all necessary changes have been made on the application and its attachments, say it signed electronically in the database, save it and submit it.  If you have any problems, please contact  Don Woodhouse, Chair AUNE IRB, or your departmental representatives. If you do not quickly receive an auto-reply to your AU e-mail confirming receipt of your submission please contact  Don Woodhouse.

Below are listed some frequently asked questions concerning human participants research, along with brief answers. All of these topics are addressed more thoroughly in the Policy manual.

WHAT is human participants’ research?

“Human participants research” is defined as a systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge, which involves the collection of data from or about living human beings (see Chapter 3 of the policy manual for more details on defining research).

WHY must it be reviewed?

It is University policy to reasonably ensure that the rights and welfare of human participants are adequately protected in research conducted under its auspices. In addition, both federal and state laws require this protection. In order for the University to fulfill its responsibility, all human participants research conducted under University auspices must receive appropriate review and approval.

WHO reviews it?

The University has authorized the campus Institutional Review Boards to review and approve human participants’ research. The IRBs on each campus are made up of faculty, administrators, and at least one non-institutional member. Certain categories of research may be eligible for less intensive review procedures than review by the entire HRC (see Chapter 4 of the policy manual).

WHO must submit it?

Human participants research must be reviewed if it is conducted by any faculty, staff, student, or any person under the auspices of Antioch University.

HOW is it submitted?

Human participants research projects are submitted via a completed Application for Ethics Review. The form is available under step 5 of the AU IRB site..

WHEN does it have to be submitted?

When submitting projects, sufficient time should be allowed for adequate review. The IRB meeting schedules are posted under Step 3 of the IRB process. For projects requiring full review, proposals must be submitted one week prior to meetings in order to be included on the agenda for that meeting. Projects eligible for less intensive review procedures may be submitted at any time and will generally be reviewed within seven to ten days (though this may vary by campus—if you have urgent questions contact your campus IRB Chair).

HOW will it be reviewed?

The review of human participants’ research is confined solely to procedures affecting the rights and welfare of human participants. No evaluation is made of the content or scientific merit of the project, unless participants are found to be “at risk,” at which time the risk/benefit ratio of the project will be evaluated. The review focuses on such issues as risk to participants, voluntary participation, informed consent, and confidentiality.

WHO attends a full review?

At AUNE principal researchers and their advisors are invited to attend a part of meetings of the IRB for Full Reviews. The purpose of this is educational so that student researchers will have an experience of the kind of discussion conducted at an IRB meeting. The IRB chair will contact you before the meeting to advise you of which portion of the meeting you will be invited to participate in. You may attend in person or by phone. You will likely be asked some questions to clarify any concerns members of the board have about your research project.

WHERE can I get assistance?

Each campus has an IRB Chair and several IRB members. Your campus may designate specific departmental representatives as well. Please see the campus-specific information found under Step 3.

The review of human participants’ research at Antioch University is a collaborative process intended to result in mutually acceptable research procedures which accomplish the investigator’s scientific objectives while protecting the rights and welfare of the participants. The IRB tries to be as flexible as possible and reviews each project as a separate case rather than imposing rigid requirements. Every attempt is made to take into account all factors in determining the outcome of the review. The IRB sees its role as primarily educational and encourages consultation at all stages of the research process.

If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact Don Woodhouse , Chair of the Antioch University New England Institutional Review Board (603-283-2101 or dwoodhouse@antioch.edu) or Melinda Treadwell, Vice President for Academic Affairs (603-283-2444 or mtreadwell@antioch.edu).