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 insure 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.
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:|
|Thursday, August 25, 2016||Friday, September 9, 2016|
|Monday, September 26, 2016||Friday, October 14, 2016|
|Wednesday, October 26, 2016||Friday, November 11, 2016|
|Monday, November 28, 2016||Friday, December 9, 2016|
|Friday, December 23, 2016||Friday, January 13, 2017|
|Wednesday, January 25, 2017||Friday, February 10, 2017|
|Friday, February 24, 2017||Friday, March 3, 2017|
|Friday, March 31, 2017||Friday, April 21, 2017|
|Tuesday, April 25, 2017||Friday, May 12, 2017|
|Monday, June 26, 2017||Friday, July 14, 2017|
(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.
|Dennis Cheek, Chair||(NURS)||(2020)|
|Tim Barth, Co-Chair||(PSYC)||(2017)|
|Cathy Cox, Chair Elect||(PSYC)||(2018)|
|Anna Petursdottir, Past Chair||(PSYC)||(2018)|
|Laurie Jagielski, ex officio||Non-TCU-affiliated member|
|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|
|Linda Freed, liaison||(SPONSORED PROGRAMS)|
|Bonnie Melhart, Administrative Oversight||Associate Provost for Research|