The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at The University of Tampa is responsible for approving studies done by UT faculty, staff or students that involve human participants. The IRB is comprised of five University members from across the colleges and one outside member.
The full University policy concerning the IRB can be found in the Faculty Handbook (Chapter 6, part VII). The most recent update to the policy was approved by the Faculty Senate in October 2011. Institutional Review Board FAQ explains IRB procedures in a concise manner.
Before submitting any proposal to the IRB, all researchers listed must complete the appropriate CITI Training at citiprogram.org.
Information concerning the CITI Training implementation at the University of Tampa can be found at the link.
The IRB has prepared a short set of guidelines for researchers that use questionnaires. It also provides examples of current best practices for common demographic questions.
If you are an instructor doing a research-based assignment, then please read the “Policy on Classroom Projects Involving Human Participants” and send the included form if needed to the IRB.
When performing research involving human participants at The University of Tampa, your project must be approved by the IRB. Use one of these forms to describe your research project, keeping the following two points in mind:
- Be as precise and as detailed as you can be concerning your study;
- Include any survey or other instrument in the application.
Which form you need depends on the level of risk associated with the research. Exempt research carries little to no risk, while expedited or full carry more risk. The IRB FAQ and Guidelines documents contain more information to help you make the judgment concerning your own research.
• UT Exempt Risk Form
• UT Expedited and Full Risk Form
If you have an IRB submission, or a question or a comment you would like to make, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.