Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Campbell University is concerned with the ethical treatment of humans when they are involved as participants in research. The committee seeks to ensure that the principles of confidentiality, informed consent, benefit and minimal risk are adhered to in research connected to Campbell University.

To access fillable PDF forms, please download the documents linked below.

Study Types

Exempted: Certain types of research may qualify for exemption according to federal regulations contained in 45CFR46. Exempted studies included research that involves no more than minimal risk and meets criteria specified by federal regulations. Once the IRB determines that a study is exempt, informed consent is not required. All applications that are not granted exempt status must receive expedited review or full board review. Examples of exempt studies include research involving educational tests, surveys, interviews, existing data, public benefit of service programs, etc. without links to subjects identifiers and minimal risks to subjects.

Expedited review: Review of proposed research by the IRB chair and two designated voting members. Federal rules permit expedited review for certain kinds of research involving no more than minimal risk and for minor changes in approved research. Examples of expedited studies include research involving blood samples, focus group, program evaluation and collection of data through noninvasive procedures that have minimal risks to subjects.

Full board review: Full board review of proposed research is conducted at a convened meeting at which a majority of the membership of the IRB is present, including at least one member whose primary concerns are in nonscientific areas. All proposals that are not granted exempt or expedited review and all projects which involve “vulnerable groups” (i.e., children/minors, institutionalized people, pregnant women, cognitively impaired individuals) require a full board review. Other projects that may involve more than minimal risk (e.g., sensitive questions, unusual interventions) to the subject also must have full board review.

Public Use Data: The National Human Subjects Protection Advisory Committee (NHRPAC) approved the recommendations on Public Use Data Files to aid IRBs in review of protocols involving public use data files. The recommendations can be viewed at In order to apply for this type of study, please complete the “CUIRB Not HS Research” form in addition to the regular application forms under the section “for submitters.” Please note: this application does not replace submission of an application to the Campbell University IRB. Investigators who intend to conduct activities that might involve human subject research must submit a formal application to the Campbell University IRB Committee for approval before the research can begin.

For Submitters

Application Forms

To submit a proposal for a new study, please complete the electronic submission form below along with the proposal narrative form and the protocol template.

Each submission must contain a proposal narrative. Please allow 4 weeks for exempted and expedited reviews. Full reviews need to be submitted 2 weeks prior to the 4th Monday of each month. Expect a 6-week turnaround for proposals. (The turnaround time is subject to change due to university scheduling and unforeseen circumstances.)

*If the target audience for a proposal is student-based, please review the following decision charts pulled from the Department of Health & Human Services: Chart 3 > Chart 4 > Chart 5 .

Additional Possible Submission Forms

Please complete the applicable forms below in additional to the application forms above.

For Reviewers

Review Forms and Documents


Dr. Wesley Rich, IRB Committee Chair

Christie Burley, IRB Administrative Support