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Office of Research

Office of Research Compliance

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

What We Do

The University of Texas-Pan American's Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews all research that meets the definition of “human subjects research”. The board is made up of UTPA faculty, staff, and members of the community. The board evaluates research proposals to make sure the planned research follows the ethical principles of human subjects protection and that it adheres to university policies and federal regulations.

IRB Application Requirements

Online Research - Surveys

 

Modification Request

 

Continuing Review Request

 

 


REPORTS - Effective Fall 2013

 Expedited and/or Full Review protocols:

For all completed studies or studies that will be completed by their respective expiration date, the IRB will require submission of a final report (see template below). This report should be submitted with a continuing review form, for official closure of the study. You may submit these items via electronic submission on the IRB website: http://www.utpa.edu/irb or by email to the IRB (irb@utpa.edu). If emailing directly, please include the IRB number, the continuing review form and final report.

Submission of a final report will also be required for any studies that have expired, either by failure of the researcher to send a continuing review request form or the decision to let the study expire.

Exempt protocols:

Although these types of protocols do not expire, the IRB will require yearly submission of a status report (see template below) to assess the study’s progress, or a final report when study is completed.

For student researchers, either report (status or final) may be submitted by the student researcher. However, upon students’ graduation or failure of the student to submit the report, it will be the faculty advisor’s responsibility to submit the report to the IRB.

Status Report Template (Exempt Protocols) submitted on a yearly basis.

Final Report Template (Exempt/Expedited/Full Review Protocols) submitted once study has been completed.

 

 

Contact Us

Institutional Review Board
Research & Innovation Building (REIN) 1.106
The University of Texas-Pan American
1201 West University Drive
Edinburg, Texas 78539

Phone: (956) 665-2889
Email: irb@utpa.edu

All IRB applications should be submitted to irb@utpa.edu. Please include all appropriate documents. (see IRB Application Requirements)

All applications must be signed. If your application is not signed, it will be considered incomplete and you will need to resubmit.

IRB Members

  • IRB Chair: Dr. Stephanie Brickman
  • IRB Vice Chair: Dr. Sharon Schembri
  • Dr. Grant Benham
  • Dr. Ken Grant
  • Dr. Sandra Hansmann
  • Ms. Cecilia Johnson
  • Dr. Joanna Rampersad-Ammons
  • Dr. Amy Weimer
  • Alternate Member: Dr. Marie Simonsson 
  • Alternate Member: Mr. Felipe Salinas
  • Unaffiliated Member: Candi Constantine

 

Services

  • IRB Protocol Approval
  • Modification Approval
  • Continuing Approval
  • Educational Workshops

IRB Meeting Schedule and Protocol Submission Deadlines:

Human subjects research proposals are reviewed via one of three processes: “exempt”, “expedited”, or “full”. “Exempt” and “Expedited” review is possible with certain categories of research (as specified in the federal regulations) and may be reviewed outside of the full IRB committee by one or more experienced IRB members (generally the IRB Chair). Protocols that do not qualify for exempt or expedited review must be reviewed by the full IRB committee at a convened meeting.

  • For full review, the deadline for protocol submission is the first Tuesday of each month. The IRB will only review complete protocols (no missing items) submitted by the deadline. In most cases, protocols are not complete and are sent a list a missing items. It is best to submit the protocol well before the deadline to ensure you have enough time to submit all missing items by the deadline. IRB committee meetings are scheduled approximately 2 weeks following the monthly submission dates. The exact meeting dates are based on committee member schedules and are therefore variable from semester to semester. The IRB Committee does not generally meet during the Summer months. If you anticipate conducting research during the Summer, you must submit your protocols by the May deadline.
  • Expedited and Exempt protocols are reviewed in the order received; there are no deadlines for these protocols. Please note that "expedited" refers to the fact that it is not subject to review by the full committee, but does not guarantee a fast approval process. Please turn in your IRB applications as early as possible before the anticipated start date.

All IRB submissions should be submitted to irb@utpa.edu with all appropriate documents (see IRB Application Requirements).

NOTICE:

If your research is dependent on being funded by an internal or external grant:

To reduce the workload of Institutional Review Boards, many granting agencies do not need IRB approval at the time of proposal submission, but are likely to require it prior to release of award monies. Check with your granting agency about when IRB approval must be submitted. If your proposed research is contingent on grant funding, we ask that you submit an IRB application after having been granted your award.