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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

All research using human subjects including paper-pencil questionnaires and surveys to collect data at Tarleton. All research must be approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). the university could suffer serious sanctions, including withdrawal of all federal funding, if the appropriate committee approval is not obtained before research begins.

The university's IRB is registered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service. Completed applications for IRB approval should be submitted to Wendy Weiss through the Office of Research and Innovation, Tarleton Center, Rm 213, Box T-0015. You can contact Ms. Weiss by phone at 254-968-1647 or email

For further questions, please contact Dr. Sally Lewis at or at 817-926-1101 or  254-968-7222

For assistance in articulating the content of your IRB Proposal please contact the liaison for your college:

College Liaisons
Faculty Member College Phone
Dr. Curtis Langley College of Agricultural Environmental Sciences 254-968-9306
Dr. Brian Martinson College of Business Administration 254-968-1959
Dr. Tom Faulkenberry College of Education 254-968-9816
Dr. Chris Gearhart College of Liberal & Fine Arts 254-968-9023
Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry College of Science & Technology 254-968-1985
Dr. Elaine Evans College of Health Sciences & Human Service 254-968-9851

Reminder: The University Writing Center can help faculty members produce a quality written proposal for submission.

IRB Meeting Schedule

Scheduled Dates

  • Tuesday, October 24, 2017
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018
  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018
  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dates are subject to change without notice.

IRB Applications requiring "Full Board Review" are due 10 business days prior to the meeting in which they are to be reviewed. 

IRB Proposal Process

  1. Once received by the Office of Research and Innovation, the applications are logged and assigned a number.
  2. Applications undergo a preliminary review to verify each researcher has completed CITI Training, a COI Statement has been attached, the form was completed properly, and to determine if the application is to be reviewed as exempt, expedited, or full board.
  3. The committee completes an initial review, recommendations resulting from this review are shared with the PI.
  4. The PI must resubmit the IRB proposal addressing reviewer recommendations within 45 days of receiving said recommendations, following the 45 day time period the proposal will be canceled.
  5. Upon resubmission of the IRB proposal, addressing the reviewer's recommendations, the committee completes a final review.
  6. Applicants are notified of the final results, typically two to four weeks after submission.

For questions, please contact Dr. Sally Lewis by email or by phone 817-926-1101 or 254-968-7222.


IRB Proposal Tools

Required Forms

1As of January 1, 2017, the Initial Review form is required for new submissions.

All researchers engaged in sponsored research activities must fully and conspicuously disclose the identity of the research sponsor on or in any communications intended for public dissemination or use (Texas Education Code 51.954 and 51.955).

Citi Training

All new submissions and all active research must be accompanied with a certificate of CITI Training completion for every person noted as a research investigator. CITI training supersedes any current NIH training. Any submissions without CITI training documentation will be rejected until training is complete.

All faculty, staff, and students that are involved in any aspect of the research proposed by submission of an IRB protocol must complete training and submit training certificate with proposal.