The Lubbock Christian University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) was established to review, approve, and monitor research projects conducted by LCU faculty, employees, and students. Following federal guidelines, the LCU IRB strives to protect the rights and welfare of all research subjects and therefore carefully reviews research projects to ensure that:
- Risks to subjects are minimized and are reasonable to anticipated benefits
- Informed consent is obtained from each subject or legal representative
- Data collection is monitored where applicable
- Privacy and confidentiality of research subjects is protected
Research data that will be published or presented in any scholarly venue should seek IRB approval.
What Authority does an IRB have?
An IRB has the authority to:
- Approve research
- Require research modification
- Disapprove research
- Conduct continuing reviews
- Observe/verify changes
- Suspend or terminate approval
All research involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved prior to initiating the research.
- Complete the Application for Using Human Participants in Research form
- Complete the Participant Population form
- Complete the written Research Proposal and all related forms including questionnaires, consent form, testing instruments, interview protocols, cover letters, instructions to participants, written permission to use copyrighted material, recruitment documents, etc.
- Submit an Electronic Copy of the Application, the Participant Population form, the Research Proposal and all other related forms to firstname.lastname@example.org.