Approval Timelines and IRB Process

  1. Complete CITI: https://www.kent.edu/research/office-research-compliance/compliance-training
  2. Complete any project or lab specific training. If training needs to occur opportunistically during the study, ensure personnel are properly overseen.
  3. Reviews common mistakes and questions document and Information on levels of review 
  4. Selects the application to complete:
    1. Exemption Self-Determination, use this application for most Level I (exempt) Category 1 and 2 research (Tip, review the IRB Guidance on Exempt Research)
    2. Kuali IRB E-Protocol
  5. Completes and submits the application after ensuring appendices and any other supplemental materials, including recruitment and consent materials are complete and accurate.
    1. Plan for the review process to take up to 8 weeks.
    2. "Legacy" projects are those that were approved prior to the implementation of Kuali. "Legacy" continuing reviews, amendments, and adverse/noncompliance events can be submitted to researchcompliance@kent.edu.
  6. Address action items if required.
  7. The Office of Research Compliance administrates the review.
    1. Level III project go onto an agenda PI is invited to attend the meeting.
      1. Requests for level III review must be received by the ORC from a reviewer no later than 10 working days before an IRB meeting for inclusion. We cannot guarantee review by a particular committee.
    2. Level II projects are forwarded to IRB Chair for approval/comments.
    3. Most Level I projects are directly approved by the reviewer. Additional review by the ORC may be required for funded projects, HIPAA compliance, use of international settings, or if otherwise needed.
  8. Important notes:  
    1. If you are a student, your faculty advisor must review your application prior to submission - they are the PI and only the PI can submit via Kuali.
    2. Projects that involve FERPA or HIPAA compliance or conducted in international settings may take longer to review.
      1. All projects that are subject to HIPAA regulations must be reviewed by the Privacy Board prior to approval. The Privacy Board meets on the third Thursday of each month.
    3. Protocols that are highly complex or incomplete take longer to review.  
    4. Approval timelines are affected the number of submissions receive See the chart below.
The chart describes the volume of IRB submission received each month. High volume months are February, March, April, October, and November. Medium volume months are September, January and May. The remaining months are lower volume.