The IRB Handbook has been prepared to help researchers navigate the process of preparing and submitting proposed research to the IRB. Compiled in this handbook is all of the most up to date policies and procedures, and the steps necessary to move through the IRB process.
Each researcher is required to complete ethics training. Biola offers free ethics training through Citi Program. You will need to click on the right-hand search bar to register, then follow the instructions for IRB researcher. All researchers are required to complete the Responsible Conduct of Research, and Human Subjects Research (Social Behavioral Educational Researchers), these certificates of completion will be electronically issued. Certification is good for 3-years from the date of completion and must accompany your application.
In addition, a three-level structure has been established for the approval of research projects involving human participants. More detail is given in the protocol guidelines.
Level I: Proposals for research that presents no risk to participants (see Section 11.0) are eligible for exempt review. Reviews of exempt proposals will be conducted by the IRB Chair or an IRB member appointee. Very few proposals will fall into this category.
Level II: Proposals for research involving minimal risk may be eligible for expedited review. These proposals will be reviewed by the Chair or one or more IRB member appointee(s).
Level III: Proposals for research involving more than minimal risk or studies involving vulnerable populations (a disparity in power exists between the researcher and the participants) or sensitive topics will be subject to a full review by the IRB committee during a monthly meeting. This process will typically take 4 weeks. Below is the schedule for the following semester, all paperwork for full board reviews must be submitted at least 10 days prior to the next scheduled meeting for review.
Fall 2023 Semester:
Please Note: Submissions for Full Board Reviews received after the deadline for the final meeting of each semester may not receive approval until the following semester. Exempt and Expedited reviews are ongoing throughout the year. IRB does not review any submissions during the month of July.
All qualified research must go through Biola's IRB. The application should be carefully filled out and submitted electronically to administrative staff at the Office of Academic Research and Grants (OARG) at email@example.com and also cc your director/chair if applicable. Research proposals are generally processed within four to six weeks of submission. However, the researchers should leave additional time for unanticipated delays: Biola holidays, the end of each term, or for the review of requested revisions to the protocol.
Here are some examples of the types of studies that may fall under Level I exempt category:
Clear guidelines can be found in the IRB Handbook.