OHRP Investigator FAQs

 

  • How long will it take for my protocol to be reviewed? 
    • The IRB Office reviews 600 - 700 applications and protocol related requests annually, in addition to other duties. The easiest way to reduce to review back and forth is to submit a thorough application. Be sure to answer all questions completely. With the exception of the Consent (which should adequately summarize the entire project for your subjects), all information should be entered only once in the section it belongs. 
    • Expect longer wait times early to mid-semester as application volume increases significantly during these times.
    • Typical minimum turnaround times are as follows:
      • Exemptions: 1 week - Submit anytime. 
      • Expedited: 2 weeks - Submit anytime. 
      • Full Committee Review: Submit FCR applications by the deadline. Applicants will receive a response no more than 10 business days after the date of the IRB meeting. 
  • Can you prioritize my application?
    • Out of fairness to all applicants, applications are reviewed in the order they are received. 
  • How do I find my most recent (stamped) consent forms?
    • Find your currently approved consent in the Consent Forms section of your approved protocol in TOPAZ > Open Approved Protocols. 
    • Consent Statements are standardized templates and are not stamped by the IRB. 
  • Can students serve as protocol PIs?
    • Students may serve as PIs at the Exempt level only. 
    • Only Faculty Members may serve as the responsible PI on Expedited and Full Committee Review protocols. Graduate students should work with their Faculty Advisors on thesis or dissertations application at this level. Faculty PIs must submit the first version of the Expedited or FCR application and agree to all PI responsibilities. After this first submission, lab managers or other personnel designated by the primary PI may put in subsequent submissions and respond to revision requests. 
  • I'm updating a couple survey questions. Do I need to submit an Amendment?
    • Yes, it is the PI’s responsibility to keep the protocol current and up to date, including submitting question changes prior to implementation.
  • I have some questions about my project. What’s the best way to reach you?
    • Call the Program Manager at 994-4706 during business hours for fastest response. For inquiries requiring more than 15 minutes, please request a meeting time via Outlook calendar.