Academics

Academic Research

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Institutional Review Board was established by the University’s Board of Regents to ensure the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects who are recruited to participate in research activities associated with Concordia University Chicago. Please review the University’s Statement of Institutional Commitment to the Protection of Human Subjects

All research involving human subjects that is conducted by Concordia students or personnel is submitted to the IRB for review. This includes research projects whether funded or unfunded. Research conducted by an investigator affiliated with Concordia-Chicago at an off-campus site(s) or in collaboration with an investigator at another institution is submitted to the Concordia-Chicago IRB.

There are three different mechanisms used by the IRB to review research projects:

  1. Full board review 
  2. Expedited review
  3. Exempt review

Investigators can find instructions on how to submit proposals for IRB review in the IRB Manual. All required materials (consent forms, letters of agreement, instruments, etc.) are to be provided by the Principal Investigator (PI) as attachments to the IRB application and are available via the Concordia Connect portal in the Forms Repository.

For more information regarding what activities do not require IRB review, please see IRB’s Guidance on Determining Whether IRB Review Is Required

If you have any questions or are unsure whether your research requires review, please contact the IRB: IRB@CUChicago.edu.