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, Co-Investigators, and Collaborators) involved in the data collection, analysis, or treatment must provide a current CITI Protection of Human Subjects training certification.
  3. Informed Consent Form (if applicable) – The required STU informed consent form 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. 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 is 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 31, 2020 February 14, 2020
February 28, 2020 March 13, 2020
May 15, 2020 May 29, 2020
June 26, 2020 July 10, 2020
September 18, 2020 October 2, 2020
October16, 2020 October 23, 2020
February 5, 2021 February 19, 2021
March 5, 2021 March 19, 2021
May 21, 2021 June 4, 2021
June 25, 2021 July 9, 2021
September 17, 2021 October 1, 2021
October 15, 2021 October 29, 2021


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, 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 free of charge for anyone affiliated with STU and can be accessed at the following 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