Institutional Review Board

Research involving human subjects, including students, faculty, or staff at St. Thomas University requires prior authorization.

Research Applications

For IRB consideration, please submit a research application packet inclusive of the following:

  1. IRB Research Application – Provide a complete and signed IRB Research Protocol Submission Application.
  2. CITI Protection of Human Subjects Certification – All researchers (Principal Investigators, Co-Investigators, Student Investigators, and Collaborators) involved in the data collection, analysis, or treatment must provide a current CITI Protection of Human Subjects training certification.  Please note that directions to obtain CITI Certification can be found here.
  3. Informed Consent Form (if applicable) – The STU informed Consent Form Template can be found here.
  4. Data Collection Instruments – Provide all data collection instruments used in the study (quantitative surveys, qualitative research protocols including interview and focus group questions, etc.).

Please attach all of previously listed materials within an email to

Note: Only STU Full Time Faculty can submit IRB Applications and serve as Principal Investigators.  Individuals outside of this distinction (i.e. graduate students, undergraduate students, adjunct faculty, staff, etc.) should coordinate research projects with STU Full-Time Faculty members, asking them to serve as the principal investigator.

Review Schedule for IRB Applications

Applications will be reviewed twice per semester (during week 4 and week 8).  This schedule is slightly amended during the summer semesters.  Completed applications will be considered during the review cycle immediately following the submission date.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for review.


Research Application Deadline Notification to Research Applicants
January 7, 2022 January 15, 2021
February 1, 2022 February 15, 2022
March 1, 2022 March 15, 2022
April 1, 2022 April 15, 2022
May 1, 2022 May 15, 2022
June 1, 2022 June 15, 2022
July 1, 2022 July 15, 2022
August 1, 2022 August 15, 2022
September 1, 2022 September 15, 2022
October 1, 2022 October 15, 2022
November 1, 2022 November 15, 2022
December 1, 2022 December 15, 2022


Changes to Research Applications

The Federal government requires that any changes to previously approved research applications need to be approved by the IRB prior to implementation. Please contact the Chair at prior to submitting a change of research request.


STU Institutional Review Board (IRB)

STU IRB Committee Membership


Human Subjects Research Training

All researchers (Principal, Co-Investigators, Student Investigators, and Collaborators) involved in the data collection, analysis, or treatment must complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Protecting Human Research Participants training certification prior to conducting research at St. Thomas University. This training is provided at no cost to anyone affiliated with STU and can be accessed here.  Select St. Thomas University – Biscayne.


The following provide resources governing our review process.

2018 Common Rule Revision, Code of Federal Regulations – Human Subjects Research, Part 46 Summary – Effective 1.21.19
Exempt Research Under the Revised Common Rule, Effective 1.21.2019
Research Involving Benign Behavioral Interventions, Effective 1.21.19
Limited IRB Review, Effective 1.21.19

Contact us

Anthony C. Andenoro, PhD
Executive Director | Institute for Ethical Leadership
Chair | Institutional Review Board
Office of the Provost | St. Thomas University Email: or
Phone: 786.417.9300