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.

How to Apply

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 AULA-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 Sylvie Taylor at staylor@antioch.edu, Chair of the Antioch University Los Angeles Institutional Review Board, or your departmental representatives.

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.

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.

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).

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).

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 pr

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.

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.

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).

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.

 

If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact Sylvie Taylor at staylor@antioch.edu, Chair of the Antioch University Los Angeles Institutional Review Board.