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Institutional Review Board

All research performed by University faculty, staff, and students must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board.

If you have any questions, or require additional information, please contact  Dr. Tom Frankman, IRB chairperson.

Federal Regulations Regarding Research Regarding Protection of Human Subjects

Code of Federal Regulations Title 45 Part 46: Protection of Human Subjects

Categories of Research That May be Reviewed through an Expedited Review Procedure

Informed Consent FAQs (Federal Department of Health and Human Services)

CITI Training

All researchers must complete a series of modules designed to train and test knowledge of protection of human subjects. Researchers will be required to provide evidence they have completed this training to the Institutional Review Board as part of their research application. Access to this training is free to William Woods University faculty, staff, and students.

Students working with minor children or other participants that may require additional protections must complete the associated training modules. For additional information, please contact your dissertation committee chairperson or the IRB chairperson.

Registration Instructions for CITI Training

Informed Consent

Researchers must ensure informed consent is obtained from all participants, and informed consent procedures meet the following requirements prior to submitting a completed IRB application to the committee. If you have questions, please contact your dissertation committee chair or the IRB chair.

Informed Consent Checklist (Federal Department of Health and Human Services)

IRB Committee Meetings

The IRB is scheduled to meet during the spring 2022 semester on January 18, February 1, February 15, March 1, March 15, April 5 and April 19.  As noted in the following section, many applications are reviewed and processed outside of called board meetings.

IRB Application and Review Process

Completed IRB applications are submitted by the project's principal investigator (faculty member) to the IRB chair via email. No research activities can be conducted until the researcher has received approval for their study. Microsoft Word or a compatible program is needed to complete the form.

IRB members review applications proposing research not involving protected populations ( as identified in subparts A through D of 45 C.F.R. 46 ) throughout the year apart from board meetings. Primary researchers (i.e., faculty) typically receive a response approximately 10 business days after an IRB application is submitted.

IRB Form (2019 Version)

Here is a link to the University's IRB Form (2019). This version of the application should be used. Researchers who do not propose using employees as research subjects may use the previous version, revised in March 2018. The 2018 and 2019 forms have Verdana typeface and the current university logo in the upper-left corner.

Submission of Forms

Please email the completed application, along with samples of the proposed informed consent form and any other supporting documents (e.g. surveys, interview questions) to:

Dr. Tom Frankman, Ed.D.
Chair, Institutional Review Board
Associate Professor, School of Education
Parkade Center
Columbia, MO 65203