Request IRB Review

All research involving human subjects requires approval from the IRB. Please follow the three steps below and allow two to four weeks for the IRB review process.

1. Complete the basic CITI online training course in human subjects protection relevant for your area of study. Make sure to save your Coursework Requirements Report. All Agnes Scott College affiliates are able to complete CITI courses; information on how to register can be found at Faculty and staff members with equivalent human subjects research certification (such as the NIH certificate) man submit them in lieu of the CITI course.

2. Complete an Application Form

Review the IRB instructor guidelines (DOC 53 KB). 

3. Disclose Your Research Instruments

If you intend to use a research instrument (e.g. a written or online survey, elicitation images or words, etc.) to collect data from human subjects, you must include this with your application materials.

Review the survey guidelines (DOC 30 KB). 
4. Prepare an Informed Consent Form
If you are collecting information that can be linked to a particular human subject, or if you are interacting with the human subject, you will need an informed consent form. Informed consent forms are necessary to demonstrate that human subjects have agreed to participate in a research project. For example, informed consent is required for interviews, and whenever a human subject is being audio-recorded or video-recorded.

Informed consent form checklist (DOC 32 KB)
Sample consent form (DOC 28 KB)
Sample consent form for online surveys (DOC 34 KB)
Sample video release form (DOC 28 KB)

Once IRB approval is granted, the researcher will distribute informed consent forms, to be signed by both the human subject and the researcher. One copy will be given to the human subject and another copy will be retained by the researcher.

When are informed consent forms unnecessary?
Informed consent forms are unnecessary when research is being conducted anonymously or unobtrusively.

  • Anonymous research is when data is collected on human subjects whose identity is unknown to the researcher (for example, anonymous surveys).
  • Unobtrusive research is when the researcher observes human subjects from a distance and does not interact with them (or when the researcher uses documents or other materials with information about human subjects).
If you are unsure if informed consent is necessary, contact the IRB at