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 to include:

  1. A completed IRB Research Protocol Submission Form
  2. Up-to-date certificate of completion of the Protection of Human Subjects training for all Principal and Co-Investigators.
  3. Informed consent form, if applicable. Click here to download the STU informed consent template. All IRB applications should use this informed consent template, if applicable.
  4. All instruments used in the study (surveys, interview, focus group, etc. protocols with the final questions).
  5. Chapter 1, if the application is submitted in support of a dissertation or thesis. If the application is a research proposal, please submit the full research proposal. A complete research proposal should include a thorough literature review with applicable references, a statement of research questions and hypotheses, and a detailed methodology.
  6. Please note that IRB application packets will be considered only if submitted by the Dissertation Chairs.
  7. Once these documents are complete, please attach all of them to an email and send the email to


Review Schedule for IRB Applications

Incomplete applications or research applications submitted after the deadline will be considered during the next scheduled review cycle.

Research Application Deadline Notification to Research Applicants
July 29, 2019 August 26, 2019
August 26, 2019 September 23, 2019
September 23, 2019 October 21, 2019
October 21, 2019 November 18, 2019
November 18, 2019 December 16, 2019
December 16, 2019 January 13, 2020
January 13, 2020 February 10, 2020
February 10, 2020 March 9, 2020
March 9, 2020 April 6, 2020
April 6, 2020 May 4, 2020
May 4, 2020 June 1, 2020
June 1, 2020 June 29, 2020
June 29, 2020 July 27, 2020
July 27, 2020 August 24, 2020


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 Roster


Human Subjects Research Training

All principal investigators, co-principal investigators, and student investigators must complete the “Protecting Human Research Participants” training provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative(CITI)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 URL: Select St. Thomas University – Biscayne.


Contact us

Dr. Diana Barbu

Associate Vice Provost of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Chair of the Institutional Review Board

Email: or

Phone: 305.628.6576