IRB approval is required:
IRB approval is not required:
IRB-Decision - Flowchart 1 - PDF
IRB-Decision - Flowchart 2 - PDF
Meetings of the Institutional Review Board The IRB meets twice a semester and once during the summer.
The IRB must communicate to the researcher its decision on the proposals within 14 working days for expedited reviews and within 7 working days after the scheduled meeting of the IRB for full reviews.
Reviews during the summer and winter break months will be extended.
The IRB may also call an unscheduled meeting if the Chair deems it necessary. Minutes are distributed by the Chair or faculty secretary.
Voting Procedures: Majority vote (one vote more than half) when a quorum is present (quorum: 2/3rds of membership)
Post-Review ProcessProtocols will be reviewed by the Committee and classified as follows:
Approved: You will receive notification of acceptance and will be given an IRB protocol number, on file, which will be valid one year from approval date.
Conditionally Approved (revise and resubmit): You must address recommended revisions to study procedures and/or forms, and then resubmit. Your study will go through review again.
Rejected: Your study is rejected in its current form, but you may resubmit once drastic revisions have been made. Your study can go through review again.
IRB Protocol Request Timeline
All Cabrini College students and faculty who need IRB approval for their research project must complete the IRB Protocol Request and submit hard copy or via email:
Samples of IRB Protocol Request Forms
IRB—Protocol Request Review Process & Timeline
Within seven days of submitting your completed Protocol Request Form, a member of the IRB will contact you via email to confirm receipt of your Form and to provide you with your IRB Protocol Review Number (except during academic breaks).
To ensure a smooth IRB approval process, please make sure that you complete all parts of the IRB Protocol Request Form and include all required information.
Incomplete IRB Protocol Request Forms and/or a lack of required information will delay the IRB approval process.
The IRB member(s) reviewing your IRB Protocol Request will contact you if there are items missing from your request.
The type of IRB review you requested in your completed IRB Protocol Review determines the length of time for the IRB approval process.
The IRB member(s) reviewing your IRB Protocol Request Form will contact you via email when your request has been approved.
At that point, you are free to begin to collect your data and conduct your research. Please take note of your IRB protocol number for future reference.
If you have not heard from the IRB member reviewing your request within seven days of receiving a notice that the IRB was reviewing your Protocol Request Form, please contact that IRB member via email for an update about your request’s status.
If student or faculty researchers do not reply back to their assigned IRB reviewer's queries within 90 days, the protocol will be filed as dead and inactive.
If student or faculty researchers are at any time interested in the status of their protocol review, they should contact their assigned IRB reviewer for feedback.
IRB Protocol Continuation & Project Amendment
Your approved IRB Protocol is valid for one year from the date when you formally receive approval from the IRB.
If you want to extend your research beyond the one-year time limit, you must complete an continuation request.
If any methods, materials, or samples included in your IRB Protocol Request change, you must submit an amendment.
The Project Amendment does NOT extend the one-year expiration for your IRB Protocol.