The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) is responsible for administering the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) Research Compliance Committee. ORC is committed to assuring that all research activities are conducted in a manner that promotes the rights and welfare of the participants and maintains the integrity of the research. 

Through the IRB committee and related programs and activities, the Office of Research Compliance develops and implements university policies related to human subjects research. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for reviewing all research projects involving human subjects at Prairie View A&M University. All research projects involving human subjects/participants, conducted by Prairie View A&M University faculty, staff or students, must be approved by the IRB, prior to the beginning of work.

To schedule an appointment for a protocol consultation or pre-review, please contact Jackie Barefield:

IRB Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. I’m a SCKY student interested in conducting my own research project do I need IRB approval before I can begin?

Yes. Students conducting human subjects’ research require IRB approval or registration before they can initiate their project. Please consult with the Office of Research Compliance staff if you are unsure whether your project constitutes human subjects research.

2. Can I be listed as the Lead Researcher on the IRB Application?

Yes. SCKY doctoral students can be Lead Researchers/Investigators on human subjects’ protocols with Faculty Advisors identified on the protocol. Faculty Sponsorship is required for all research applications from outside investigators that desire access to the university student population.

3. Should I submit a new IRB application, or be added to my Faculty Advisor’s protocol?

When a student’s research project consists of the collection and/or analysis of data that is part of the scope of an existing faculty member’s IRB approved research, the student can be added to the Faculty member’s protocol, rather than submitting as Lead Researcher on a new IRB Application.

4. How should investigators submit amendments to approved protocols?

Please refer to the following document: IRB Protocol Amendments

5. Is IRB review necessary if my study involves anonymous surveys or interviews?

Yes. An application is required if you plan to conduct anonymous survey or interview research.

6. How do I apply for IRB review?

Please follow the instructions found on page 1 of the IRB Protocol Form for submitting your protocol for review.

7. How long does it take to obtain IRB Approval/Registration?

For studies involving minimal risk, the approval process takes approximately three weeks or less. For studies involving greater than minimal risk, the approval process takes approximately 2-3 months.

8. How will I be notified when my IRB application is approved?

An official IRB approval letter will be sent by e-mail to the Principal Investigator when all requirements are met.

9. How long is my approval good for?

Most Full Committee and Expedited protocols are approved for one year from the date of review or approval (the IRB may grant a shorter approval period). Continuation of an approved Full Board protocol requires submission of the Continuing Review Form.

10. What is an unanticipated or adverse event and when should it be reported?

Please refer to the following document: IRB Unanticipated Events or Adverse Event Reporting

11. On the IRB protocol form, what is meant by “target population” and “maximum anticipated sample size?

The “Number of Participants (target population)” includes the total number of individuals the researcher intends to recruit or invite to participate in the research study. The “Maximum anticipated sample size” is the number of individuals the researcher expects to enroll in your research study. For example, if the target population is every student at SCKY, the target population would be 9,000. If a researcher expects 10% of the students at SCKY to enroll in the research study, the maximum anticipated sample size would be 900.

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Institutional Review Board

Jackie Barefield ·

1018 South 7th Street

Louisville, Kentucky 40203

(502) 776-1443

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