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Complete the forms for the type of review you determine that your study requires. The IRB may change the level of review for your application based on the human participant risks involved and the nature of the study.

Exempt applications must be submitted for studies that (a) pose little risks to the participants; (b) do not involve a sensitive topic; and (c) do not involve minors (see exception below). Exempt studies include research conducted using questionnaires or surveys, research conducted in educational settings involving normal curriculum (even if minors are involved), and research conducted using archival data, provided that the information collected is anonymous (i.e., no names or other identifying information will be collected or recorded). Exempt applications will be reviewed by at least one IRB member (usually the chair), and the applicant can expect to receive a response from the IRB within two weeks*. For exempt applications, the Application for Exempt Studies must be submitted. See the instructions for guidance on completing this form.

Expedited applications must be submitted for studies that (a) involve minimal risks to the participants; (b) do not involve sensitive topics; and (c) do not utilize minors. Expedited studies include research using questionnaires, surveys, and interviews that are not anonymous (i.e., the participants can be identified). Expedited applications will be reviewed by three IRB members, and the applicant can expect to receive a response from the IRB within three weeks*. For expedited applications, the Application Form for Expedited and Full Review Studies must be submitted. See the instructions for guidance on completing this form.

Full Review applications must be submitted for studies that (a) involve more than just minimal risks to the participants; (b) involve a sensitive topic; or (c) involve minors. Full review applications are reviewed by the entire IRB at its monthly meetings. Click here for the full review application deadlines and/or meeting dates for the Denton, Dallas, and Houston IRBs.  Applicants need to allow up to four weeks for a response from the IRB for these applications*. For full review applications, the Application Form for Expedited and Full Review Studies must be submitted. See the instructions for guidance on completing this form.

* These times are estimates and may require additional time during certain times of the academic calendar such as summer, semester breaks, and Holidays.

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