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Institutional Review Board (IRB): Group Writing Sessions

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Group Writing Sessions

In a group writing session, an IRB member will present on an IRB topic for 15-20 minutes and then spend the rest of the time giving feedback to any students who submitted their IRB documents for that session. You can attend the same session as many times as you would like.

Please note that no review or determination of your study will be made in a group writing session.

Should I attend the sessions in a certain order?

We recommend attending sessions in this order:

  1. Eligibility Criteria
  2. Recruitment Materials
  3. Consent Letters
  4. Introduction to IRB Application

Can I receive feedback on my IRB documents in these sessions?

Yes! You can receive feedback on your IRB documents in the sessions on Eligibility Criteria, Recruitment Materials, and Consent Letters. Please read our feedback policy below.

I can't attend any of the group writing sessions. What do I do?

You can register for IRB Document Review and receive asynchronous feedback on your recruitment materials and consent letter. To receive feedback on your eligibility criteria, though, you must attend a group writing session.


Attendance Policy

Slots for group writing sessions are limited. If you registered for a session and can no longer attend, please cancel your registration so that someone else can attend. You can cancel through the confirmation and reminder emails you will receive.

Please note that the facilitator begins the presentation 1-2 minutes past the start of the session. After 5 minutes, no additional attendees will be admitted, to avoid disruption. Late attendees will need to reschedule.

Feedback Policy

Researchers are welcome to attend sessions just to learn and do not have to submit documents for feedback.

If you choose to receive feedback in a group session, you must do the following:

  1. Be in attendance. You must be present to engage in a conversation about your study. We will not review documents for students who do not attend the group session or leave the session before their document is reviewed. We also will not review documents sent via email during or after the session.
  2. Use the NCU IRB template (for consent letters). If you are attending a session on Consent Letters, make sure you are using the current NCU IRB consent letter template. We will not provide feedback to documents that do not reflect the template and require significant revision. We also cannot edit consent letter templates from other institutions or IRBs.
  3. Attach your document to the registration form before your session time. The facilitators need to prepare for their sessions and will only review documents that have been attached on the registration forms for that session. If you do not have your IRB documents available at the time that you register, you can attach them later using the link in the confirmation and reminder emails for your session, up to 24 hours before your session time. If you have any difficulty attaching your documents, please follow our Guide to Registering for Group Writing Sessions. If you still experience technical issues, please email
  4. Attach 1 document. The registration form will allow only 1 attachment. If you have multiple documents, please combine them into 1 document for review.

Register for a Session

Register for a group writing session through our scheduling system below.

Need help? Use our Student Guide for Group Writing Sessions. If that doesn't answer your question, email

Please select your time zone first. Then you will schedule session times in your own time zone.

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