Institutional Review Board

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

Research Applications

For IRB consideration, depending on your study/proposal 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)
  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.).
  5. Proposal dissertation-chapters 1-3
  6. Grant proposal
  7. Article proposal
  8. Site approval if applicable
  9. Recruitment email if applicable

Please attach all of the required listed materials within one 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 of IRB Applications:

Applications will be submitted at any time, reviewed and determination shared between 7-10 business days from the date of submission.


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 (PDF)


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.

IRB Office Hours: Third Thursday of every Month via Zoom @ 4pm EST. Students, faculty and staff may  attend to seek clarification on any IRB related issues. Contact IRB or your Program Director/ department/college /school IRB representative member for the zoom link.



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

Kennedy Maranga, PhD
Chair | Institutional Review Board
Office of the Provost | St. Thomas University
Phone: 305-628-6747