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Institutional Review Board (IRB): Submit IRB Application

NCU Summer Closure Notice

Greetings! The IRB will be closing on June 25, 2021 at 12pm PT for the NCU Summer Closure. NCU Summer Closure dates: June 28, 2021 through July 5, 2021. Please plan on submitting your IRB Application on or before June 11, 2021 if you plan on obtaining IRB Approval before the Summer Closure. Applications will not be reviewed until the IRB returns to the office on July 6, 2021. However, you may still work on your application during this time.

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  • Mondays at 8-9am PT
  • Tuesdays at 1:30-2pm PT
  • Wednesdays at 2:30-3pm PT
  • Thursdays at 1-2pm PT
  • Fridays at 2-2:30pm PT

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IRBManager. Links to IRBManager platform

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Getting Ready to Submit Your Application

Once you have an approved dissertation proposal, have prepared your supplemental materials, and have followed all previous guidance, you will be ready to submit your IRB application. Here are resources to help you:

  • IRBManager Instructions. You will use IRBManager to create and submit your IRB application. We have instructions to help you use this system.
  • IRB Determinations. Here is an explanation of the possible IRB determinations for your study.

What happens after I submit my IRB application?

Here is what happens after you submit your application:

Once you submit your application, it will first go to your chair. Your chair will briefly check and answer these questions: Right student? and Right study? If the answer to either of these questions is "no," they will return the application to you. If the answer to both questions is "yes," they will submit your application to the IRB. 

If your study is not approved, your application will be returned to you with feedback, and you will resubmit to the IRB until you receive approval. Your chair will be notified of the status of your application, but they will no longer be reviewing your application.

When the IRB approves your study, an approval letter will be generated and sent to you and your chair.


Flow chart of what happens after a student submits an IRB application. Description below



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