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Full Board Review Process

Full board review applies to human subjects research deemed to involve more than minimal risk or for which a wider range of expertise is required for review. In addition, full board review is required for most research activities involving vulnerable subject populations including, but not limited to: pregnant women and fetuses, international research, prisoners, and cognitively impaired/psychiatric patients. Full board review is required for most studies involving active deception.

The research proposal is presented and discussed at a meeting at which a quorum of IRB members are present. For the research to be approved, it must receive the approval of a majority of those voting members present. (Note that, in effect, an abstention counts as a negative vote.) If assigned to full board, you have the opportunity to be available during the meeting to provide additional information or answer questions.
Full board research projects are reviewed annually for renewal and can be renewed as long as the project remains ongoing. The IRB application pieces (narrative, informed consent, etc) must be updated to accurately reflect the research to receive renewal.

Forms are updated regularly to capture changes in regulatory requirements.  Use current forms from the website for all submissions.

All applications for full board review must be complete and in the Research Integrity office by the deadlines listed here.

Full Board Forms and Resources

  • Forms and samples will auto-download once you click the link.
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  • Completed forms should be submitted as a single pdf attachment to irb@georgiasouthern.edu.
  • Forms are updated regularly to capture changes in regulatory requirements.  Use current forms from the website for all submissions.
  • IRB applications can be signed with a physical signature (sign with a pen and then scan the document for submission) or signed electronically.  To sign electronically, please use the Adobe Digital ID.
Form Name Additional Form Information
IRB Application Complete for all expedited and full board reviews.  Note: Do not include dissertation or thesis chapters. Information required for review must be condensed into the application format.
REQUIRED FOR ALL EXPEDITED AND FULL BOARD
COVID Safety Plan COVID Safety Plans for in-person research are now embedded directly in the IRB application and informed consent.  The language represents the minimum requirement.  Researchers must still follow more stringent protocols if required by the research location, local conditions or participant request.   More Information
CITI Human Subjects Training CITI Program training provides social/behavioral content training. Online certificate will be provided to you once the course is completed. Attach certificate or transcript to each protocol submitted. Certificates are not maintained by the IRB.  Training certificates from previous submissions are not readily available.  Click here for instructions. REQUIRED ATTACHMENT EACH TIME YOU APPLY.

Informed Consent Sample

(Consent format not required.)

This is a sample of an informed consent document provided on an electronic version of GS letterhead.  Any information in the sample should be edited as appropriate for the population you are using and the type of research you are conducting. Click here for further information on HIPAA consent criteria.
Informed Consent Checklist Tool for the construction of an Informed Consent document. – REQUIRED

Minor’s Assent Form Sample

(Assent format not required.)

This is a sample of a minor assent document provided on an electronic version of GS letterhead.  Any information in the sample should be edited as appropriate for the population you are using and the type of research you are conducting.  Your assent should be on a reading level appropriate for the participant’s age.

Parental Informed Consent Sample

(Consent format not required.)

Parental consent can follow the same guide as the general consent but should be addressed to the parent and focus on the risk and benefits  to their children.   Any information in the sample should be edited as appropriate for the population you are using and the type of research you are conducting.
Instrument Please include a copy of all instruments to be used in the research (surveys, questions, etc.)
Recruitment Materials Please include a copy of all materials to be used for recruitment (flyers, emails, etc.)

Sample Letter of Cooperation (LOC) or Site Authorization

(Letter of cooperation format not required.)

If subjects are students or employees of another institution, business or unit, you must provide a written letter of cooperation (site authorization) from the institution who is responsible for your subject pool as a condition of your approval. This may be a letter or email from the institutional official who has authority to grant you access.  Emails should come from the professional address with the institutional officer and title identified in the email body. All letters of cooperation must clearly identify the investigator and project by title. (See the FAQ for additional information.)  Note: If using education data obtained from school records you must include documentation of parental permission for the release of such data under the institution’s Family Educational Privacy Act (FERPA). This may be a copy of the release form, informed consent, or an assurance from the institutional official that such permission has been obtained prior to data release.
Research Participant Opportunities page request form The Research Services office supports the Research Participant Opportunities page housed on the my.georgiasouthern.edu portal.  Studies advertised on this page are available from the Research Tile continuously.  The page is highlighted on the my.messages tile when new studies are added.  To add your IRB approved study, complete the request form.
Policies  These are policies that often apply to projects
Georgia Southern Survey Policy University policy for the use of the GS email system for distribution of surveys to faculty, staff, and students.
Human Subject Incentive Payment Policy and Procedure – FS-AP-1304-01 This is a Finance and Business Operations Policy.  Incentives control log can be found on the finance page under other forms.
Security Standards for Information Systems – IT-3610-00 IT policy –  data security requirements
Data Stewardship and Classification Standard IT policy –  Class I – Confidential; Class II – Sensitive  with protection defined

Last updated: 8/3/2022