Institutional Review

Review Process

  • IRB applications will be assigned a control number by the review board. The control number will remain unchanged through the life of the project.  Revised applications will not alter their original number. Applications must be submitted by email, one application per email, to IRB@fortlewis.edu. All correspondence about the project must reference this control number.
  • IRB applications must be submitted to the IRB by the Principal Investigator who must be a member of the faculty/staff. Submissions made by students will be returned.
  • It is the reviewer’s responsibility to determine if the application requires a full review or an expedited review. Categories for each can be found on the website. The Institutional Review Board has the discretion to do a full review of an expedited application if the risks are significant. ALL research involving children requires Full Review.
  • Expedited review applications can be submitted anytime. Only one member of the Institutional Review Board needs to review these applications. You will receive an e-mail within 7-10 working days after submission asking for more clarification, granting approval or denial. Once the concerns have been satisfactorily addressed, an email approval notice will be sent to both the researcher and the co-PI (student).m
  • The entire Institutional Review Board must review full review applications. The Board meets during the last week of the month to review full review applications. You will receive an e-mail following this meeting asking for more clarification, granting approval or denial. Once the concerns have been satisfactorily addressed, an email approval notice will be sent to both the researcher and the co-PI (student). Researchers are encouraged to attend meetings when their proposals are being discussed.
  • After your application form has been approved, you must submit a signed, hard copy to Sarah Roberts-Cady, IRB Chair, in Noble Hall, Room 217.
  • You must also complete Summary Documentation at the conclusion of your research. This may be submitted electronically or with your signed application.
  • Federal certification forms will be provided if the project is being submitted for funding to a federal agency requiring such forms (USDA, NIH).
  • Data from human subjects are not to be collected until approval is received from the Institutional Review Board.
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