Institutional Review Board

In accordance with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (45 CFR 46), Northwest Christian University (NCU) assumes oversight of the protection of the rights and welfare of human participants who participate in research conducted by faculty, staff, students, or community members.

NCU maintains an Institutional Review Board (IRB) competent to review research, ethics training, and other protocols involving human participants to evaluate risk, amelioration of potential risk, and ethical consideration of behalf of human participants.

It is the function of the IRB to (1) determine and certify that all projects reviewed by the IRB conform to the regulations and policies set forth regarding the health, welfare, safety, rights, and privileges of human participants; and (2) assist investigators in complying with regulations. To this effect, the IRB establishes policies and procedures to govern research involving human participants.

The IRB aims to provide a service to NCU and the public by facilitating ethical treatment of research participants while at the same time supporting the investigator’s endeavor to advance knowledge.

The IRB is a five-person faculty committee composed of the following individuals: the Chair or Co-chairs, at least, one nonscientific faculty member, and one member not affiliated with the university.

Contact your class/ project adviser for required forms as needed:

  1. Does My Project Require IRB Review (checklist to determine if your project requires IRB review?)
  2. IRB Checklist for Preparing Submission
  3. IRB Application Form (to be used to submit a protocol to the IRB)
  4. IRB Incident Report Form
  5. IRB Modification Form (to be used when changes are made to the approved submission)
  6. IRB Final Report Form (to be used when study is completed or not conducted)
  7. NCU Human Subjects Research Document
  8. Informed Consent Form
  9. Online Informed Consent
  10. Classroom Use Recruitment Script
  11. Email Recruitment Script

Website: National Institutes of Health (NIH) ethics training program (NOTE: This training must be completed by ALL researchers before a study can begin. Upon completion you will receive a certificate that will need to be part of your application materials.)