Abilene Christian University is dedicated to ensuring the well-being, rights, and confidentiality of all individuals who participate as subjects in research projects carried out under its supervision. To achieve this objective, ACU establishes an Institutional Review Board (IRB) responsible for evaluating and supervising research protocols involving human subjects conducted by ACU’s faculty, students, or staff, as well as outside investigators utilizing ACU’s resources such as students, personnel, facilities, or data. The IRB is composed of both scientific and non-scientific members, including a community representative, who assess applications based on criteria aimed at safeguarding human subjects and maintaining the research project’s integrity.
The ACU IRB functions in accordance with the principles outlined in the Belmont Report by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research. ACU’s ORSP and IRB policies and procedures are written to align with the Department of Health and Human Services 45 CFR 46 “The Common Rule.” ACU maintains an approved Federal Wide Assurance (FWA00025095) of Compliance with the Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP).
Required Ethics Training
Research involving human participants must abide by the federal regulations protecting human subjects (45 CFR 46 and 21 CFR, as appropriate). It is the responsibility of the investigators to become familiar with these regulations and ensure that all studies conducted at ACU abide by these policies. ALL people with a significant role in the research must complete the Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR), and Social/Behavioral/Education (Basic) classes in CITI Program. It is the responsibility of the researchers to complete the training and re-certify every 4 years.
IRB Review Timeline
Please consult this flow chart for a visual representation of the ACU’s IRB review timeline.
Cayuse IRB Protocol Submission
ACU IRB has transitioned to the Cayuse Human Ethics System, which facilitates the online submission and processing of human subjects research studies (protocols) in full compliance with ACU, federal, ethical, and regulatory standards. Step-by-step instructions on creating an IRB protocol can be reviewed in this document.
In addition, this training video will also help navigate the Cayuse platform.