Lincoln University - Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Human Subject Research Guidelines

Submission Procedures

Faculty Research
For faculty research, e-mail submission of the research protocol, questionnaires to be administered, and proposed Informed Consent Forms must be submitted at least four (4) weeks prior to the initial decision date desired. A copy of the Proposal Cover Sheet (available at the Lincoln University IRB website) must accompany the proposal. Faculty and Staff researchers must obtain the signature of their immediate supervisor (Department Chair) on the Proposal Cover Sheet. The IRB will complete initial reviews of faculty research projects within a timely manner.

Student and Classroom Research Projects
Proposals for student research projects and classroom projects must be submitted via e-mail two (2) weeks prior to the initial decision date desired. This proposal should include a brief description of the research protocol, questionnaires, and the proposed Informed Consent Forms. Proposals for student research projects and classroom projects must be submitted by the Faculty Advisor. The signature of the advisor is required on the Proposal Cover Sheet. Approval of the Department Chair is also required prior to the submission of a student research proposal. The Department Chair must indicate approval on the Proposal Cover Sheet. The IRB will attempt to complete initial reviews of student research within two weeks of the time of their submission.

Human Subjects Training Requirement
All students, faculty, and staff who submit proposals to the IRB also must submit a copy of the Human Subjects Assurance Training Certificates for training modules 1-3 to document that they are informed of their responsibilities to protect the subjects they wish to study. This training is available on-line and
must have occurred within the past 3-years of the date a proposal is submitted to the IRB. All three modules must be completed and certificates of completion printed with your name on them. These certifications only are available if you log-in to the
OHRP Human Subjects Assurance Training website.

Investigators Unaffiliated with Lincoln University
Human subject researchers who are not affiliated with Lincoln University (individuals who are not Lincoln University students, faculty or staff) must submit to Lincoln University IRB review prior to conducting any research activity or subject recruitment at Lincoln University. IRB approval from your home institution does not substitute for review by the IRB and does not influence the independent review that will be conducted by the Lincoln University IRB. The research protocol, questionnaires to be administered, and proposed Informed Consent Forms must be submitted by e-mail at least four (4) weeks prior to the initial decision date desired. Researchers not affiliated with Lincoln University also must submit an Unaffiliated Investigator Agreement Form with their application for IRB review. Approval of a human subject research proposal by another IRB does not assure approval by the Lincoln University IRB.

Investigators unaffiliated with Lincoln University who submit proposals to the Lincoln University IRB also must submit copies of the Human Subjects Assurance Training certificates for training modules 1-3 to document that they are informed of their responsibilities to protect the subjects they wish to study. This training is available on-line and must have occurred within the past 3-years of the date a proposal is submitted to the IRB. All three modules must be completed and certificates of completion printed with your name on them. These certifications only are available if you log-in to the OHRP Human Subjects Assurance Training website.