Institutional Review Board

Please note that there are new updated documents for your convenience. Please contact Autumn McKeel at or 630-844-6186 if you have any questions.

This section is designed to help you navigate ethics practices at Aurora University. Institutional Review Boards review your research proposal if you are conducting research either with human or animal subjects.

Please scan all documents into one document and send to the chair of the committee. Please include your full name and full date in the title of your document.

The representatives of the college boards are as follows:

Check with your representative to determine whether your research requires IRB review.

IRB Manual

Please use this manual for specific questions when completing your application or additional forms.

IRB Manual (PDF)

Ethics Tutorial

Begin your research work by completing an online ethics tutorial.

When you bring your proposal to the university IRB, you will need to attach a certificate showing that you completed the tutorial.

Below is the URL that will connect you to the tutorial site. You will register at the site. The tutorial will take about 2 hours to complete, but you may work on it in smaller increments.

Level of Review

Use the following document to help you determine if your study is considered research. The form is to be used as a guide, and if you have further questions or concerns, please contact your representative – see above information.

Human Subjects Determination Form (DOC)

IRB Proposal Application and Sample Consent Form

IRB Application (DOC)
Sample Consent Form (DOCX)

Please use this form to assist you in including all of the important sections of your consent form:

Elements of Informed Consent (PDF)

Special Forms

Use of the Waiver of Documentation of Informed Consent Form to request that your informed consent forms not require participants’ signatures. The form applies when your research either

  • Puts participants at risk if they sign a consent form
  • Involves a low-risk online survey where obtaining a signed informed consent is impractical

Waiver of Consent Form (DOCX)

Use of the Project Renewal Form when your research project extends beyond the one-year IRB approval cycle

Project Renewal Form (DOCX)

Research with Children

Children under the age of 18 are considered a protected class.  In order to conduct research with them, researchers need to obtain the child's assent and a parent or guardian's permission.

Sample Parent/Guardian Permission Form (DOCX)

Sample Child Assent Form (DOCX)

(The one exception to this rule is when a teacher is conducting action research, trying out an instructional technique to see how well it works.  The technique cannot involve audio or videotaping students, surveying them, or interviewing them. These research methods require parent and student permission. Action research consists of usual classroom activities.)

IRB Proposal Application Monthly Deadlines

September 5, 2016
October 3, 2016
November 7, 2016
December 5, 2016
January 2, 2017
February 6, 2017
March 6, 2017
April 3, 2017
May 1, 2017
June 5, 2017
July 3, 2017
August 7, 2017

IRB Proposal Application Monthly Meetings (feedback will be returned within 48 hours)

September 12, 2016
October 10, 2016
November 14, 2016
December 12, 2016
January 9, 2017
February 13, 2017
March 13, 2017
April 10, 2017
May 8, 2017
June 12, 2017
July 10, 2017
August 14, 2017