The Protection of Human Subjects is based on U.S. federal law and key principles defined in the Belmont Report. The TCU Institutional Review Board (“IRB”) oversees human subjects research at TCU and plays a key role in promoting adherence to ethical principles, professional standards, and applicable law related to human subjects research. The IRB reports to the Associate Provost of Research.
The IRB develops standards and reviews proposed projects to ensure compliance with TCU policy related to provisions for health, welfare, privacy, dignity and human concerns in research involving human subjects. Areas of concern include health, welfare, privacy, dignity and human concerns when research involves human subjects. See the IRB Policies, Procedures and Forms for information about protocol review and approval.
Training. All investigators (faculty, staff and students) are required to complete the CITI Program training in human subjects protection prior to conducting research using human subjects. This training requirement applies regardless of whether such research receives external funding, and it applies to all academic levels. This training expires every five years.
The CITI Program is an on-line training program and can be found at www.citiprogram.org. Detailed instructions regarding how to create an account can be found on the Training and Professional Development page. Contact the Office of Research at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Submission Deadlines. There are no submission deadlines for exempt and expedited IRB applications. Rather, exempt/expedited reviews occur on a rolling basis by submitting documentation to IRBFacultySubmit@tcu.edu. Full committee applications are reviewed monthly with meeting dates and deadlines presented below.
Grant proposals that include human subjects research must have IRB approval prior to funding. PIs are advised to submit protocols to the IRB as soon as a fundability notice is received from the grantor or, in the case of internal grants, when the proposal is submitted.
Please see the following schedule of meetings and deadline dates:
|Proposals Submitted By:||IRB Meeting Date:|
|Tuesday, August 15, 2017||Friday, September 8, 2017|
|Friday, September 15, 2017||Friday, October 13, 2017|
|Monday, October 16, 2017||Friday, November 10, 2017|
|Wednesday, November 15, 2017||Friday, December 8, 2017|
|Friday, December 15, 2017||Friday, January 12, 2018|
|Monday, January 15, 2018||Friday, February 9, 2018|
|Thursday, February 15, 2018||Friday, March 9, 2018|
|Thursday, March 15, 2018||Friday, April 13, 2018|
|Monday, April 16, 2018||Thursday, May 10, 2018|
|Friday, June 15, 2018||Friday, July 13, 2018|
(The IRB only meets one time during the summer.) While student research is encouraged at both undergraduate and graduate levels, only TCU faculty may submit protocols directly to the Institutional board. Students should contact their department chair or adviser regarding Departmental Review Board review of student protocols.
IRB protocols should be submitted electronically to IRBFacultySubmit@tcu.edu for distribution to Board members. Please send one pdf of the protocol including all supporting documents and the word document for the approval form.
|Cathy Cox, Chair||(PSYC)||(2018)|
|Tim Barth, Co-Chair||(PSYC)||(2022)|
|Michael Faggella-Luby, chair-elect||(EDUC)||(2021)|
|Dennis Cheek, Past Chair||(NURS)||(2020)|
|Matthew Johnson, ex officio||(MENTAL HEALTH)|
|Stacy Pickett, alternate||Prisoner Advocate (CSCD-Tarrant County) and Non-TCU-affiliate|
|Rodney Thompson, alternate||Prisoner Advocate and Non-TCU-affiliate|
|Dru Riddle, alternate||(NRAN)|
|Lorrie Branson, liaison||(RESEARCH)|
|Bonnie Melhart, Administrative Oversight||Associate Provost for Research|