• Before submitting your IRB Research Application Packet to the IRB Compliance Coordinator, your faculty advisor for the research project must review your application forms, approve and sign your Form E and/or Form A. 
  • All forms must be completely filled out with all required signatures PRIOR TO being submitted to the IRB Compliance Coordinator. If you do not have all required forms and answers completed and requested signatures, your proposal will be returned to you and your review will be delayed until all are received.

The expected turnaround times for the IRB committee to process applications are as follows**:

Exempt – 4-6 weeks
Expedited – 6-8 weeks
Full review – 8-10 weeks

**Assuming that the proposals are complete and that no major revisions are requested. Please allow enough time for review.


  • For Shenandoah University students and faculty:  “Institutional Review Board” organization page in Blackboard

All IRB forms were revised on 4/25/12 

IRB Application Checklist & Process

IRB Decision Charts

Form A-Application for Human Subjects in Research

Form B-Application for Human Subjects in Research

Form E-Application for Exemption from IRB review

Informed Consent Long Form

Form C-Amendments/Modifications to Research Protocols

Consent for Photographic or Voice Recording 

Electrical Equipment Safety Check Memorandum



Sponsored Research Form


Submit all completed electronic forms (with signatures) and all attachments to

Paper (hard) copy of requested items should be sent to:
SU Compliance Coordinator
c/o Office of Academic Affairs
1460 University Drive
Winchester, VA 22601



Federal Regulations

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


Federal Guidelines

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Office for Civil Rights (OCR

Ethical Codes




Sites of Interest


Guidance in Research