The IRB review schedule for regular and expedited applications, continuation/change requests, and requests for exemptions follows the academic semester schedule. Review of applications starts the first week of each semester: Fall, Spring, and each Summer session, and ends on the last day of classes. Applications can be submitted any time during the semester and will be reviewed in the order received.
The time required for review and approval of an average IRB application (an application that is carefully prepared in accordance with the required instructions and submitted by an applicant who has completed the required training in the protection of human subjects) is approximately 3 weeks, but may take longer. Applicants who have not followed instructions, have not used the correct templates, or have not completed the required training will experience delays because they will be required to correct those errors and omissions.
Applicants should note that in all cases, it is in their best interest to submit applications as far in advance as possible. If an applicant's graduation is dependent on research that requires an IRB approval during the current session, the application should be submitted at the beginning of the semester, and no later than one month prior to the start date of research.
The IRB Online Application module is available to applicants 24 hours a day, seven days a week and applications can be submitted between semesters but there is no guarantee they will be processed and reviewed in the usual three-week time frame.