Institutional Review Board

Any institution participating in research or sponsored programs must have an approval process in place for the use of human subjects.  Please allow up to four weeks for applications to be reviewed. Applications submitted within the first seven days of the month will be reviewed by the end of the month. If the IRB committee has any questions or concerns regarding the proposal, the approval process may take longer than usual.


In the context of the rapidly evolving circumstances regarding COVID-19 and to further the efforts of Arkansas Tech University’s commitment to promote social distancing and protect members of our community, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) has issued the following guidance related to in-person human subject interactions. 

All in-person research must follow the general University guidelines and policies for Covid-19 precautions for safety as described by their unit currently in force at the time the research is conducted.


  1. If your protocol does not involve face-to-face contact for recruitment or with enrolled participants (e.g., online surveys, questionnaires, remote interviews or focus groups, etc.), you do not need to submit any modifications and may continue to collect data in accordance with your approved protocol.
  2. If your protocol does involve face-to-face contact for recruitment or with enrolled participants and it is feasible to utilize an online platform (e.g., Zoom/Skype) or other communication method (e.g., by mail) for these interactions, you should consider doing so to maintain research momentum.  A modification application may be required based on whether the protocol was approved as exempt or non-exempt.   
  3. If your protocol does involve face-to-face contact for recruitment or with enrolled participants and it is not feasible to utilize an online platform and does not conform with University or unit guidelines for Covid-19 precautions for safety, you will need to seek approval up through your Vice President.
  4. Modifications for Non-Exempt Protocols 
    If you choose to revise your protocol to allow for remote recruiting, consent, or data collection, submit a Modification of an IRB Approved Research Project form to
  5. Modifications for Exempt Protocols 
    If your Notice of Action letter indicates that your study was approved as exempt, you may modify your methods to include remote interactions without submitting a modification.
  6. The IRB will not require a Modification application if you choose to temporarily suspend your research activities approved as Exempt or Non-Exempt. You must, however, communicate this decision via email to




If you have further questions about whether or not your research must be reviewed by the IRB, please consult the Human Subject Decision Charts:  2018 Requirements. If the decision charts do not address your question, please contact the IRB at for further guidance.





Researchers must complete the CITI training prior to beginning their project. IRB Applications will not be reviewed without inclduing proof of CITI course completion. The Collaborative Institutional Training (CITI) is an online training module teaching research methods. 









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