Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Policy & Form


Business Processes for Researchers

1.  All principal investigators, co-principal investigators, and student investigators must complete the “Protecting Human Research Participants” training provided by the National Institutes of Health Office of Extramural Research prior to conducting research at St. Thomas University. This training is free of charge, and can be accessed at the following URL: https://phrp.nihtraining.com/users/login.php.

All principal investigators, co-principal investigators, and student investigators must have a certificate of training completion on file with the Chair of the St. Thomas University IRB before the IRB will review any research proposals affiliated with said individual(s).

2.  Investigators should submit their Research Proposal Submission Form and any relevant attachments (recruitment materials, survey instruments/interview protocols, consent forms, etc.) to the IRB Chair at least 3 weeks prior to the planned start date of data collection. Submission of forms must be made electronically to Dr. Gary Feinberg, IRB Chair, at gfeinberg@stu.edu.

3.  Notification of IRB decisions and/or requests for modifications will be made electronically to the STU email addresses of all principal investigators, co-principal investigators, and student investigators, as appropriate. Research proposals which involve individuals not affiliated with STU must be approved both at the STU IRB and the IRB of the affiliated researcher(s).

4.  Determinations of research malfeasance shall be forwarded by the IRB Chair to the Provost for appropriate action. Research malfeasance includes, but is not limited to, the following: (1) conducting human subjects research without IRB approval or (2) using recruitment materials, consent forms, survey instruments or interview protocols other than those reviewed and approved by the IRB.