Institutional Review Board
Protection of Human Subjects

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Brenau Univesity Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to insure the protection of any human subjects involved in research projects conducted under the auspices of the university in any capacity.

Any research activity that involves human subjects, whether conducted on a large or a small scale, whether preliminary or fully designed research study, whether conducted by students or faculty, whether funded or not, and whether it involves minimal risk or more than minimal risk, is subject to the IRB Guidelines.

You can use these charts to determine if your project requires IRB approval, and what type of approval is required.
Charts to Help Determine whether a project requires IRB Approval

Guideline Information

Brenau University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) strives to comply with guidelines as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Human Research Protection, and to put into practice the principles outlined in the Belmont Report. These guidelines extend to include review and oversight of any activity that involves Human Subjects or participants. The policy also applies to visitors of the university, and/or use of non-public records associated with the university to identify, contact, or recruit human subjects.

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Human Research Protection(OHRP)
The Belmont Report FAQ

Submission Information

Completed applications need to be submitted via IRBNet by the Faculty Research Advisor / Principal Investigator, with electronic signatures completed by ALL involved researchers , at least two (2) weeks prior to the upcoming committee meeting in order to be considered for review. Meeting Dates and Submission Deadlines can be found to the right.

Submissions MUST be made by a Brenau Faculty Member.

Please note that the application will NOT be accepted if ALL signatures are not includedAlso, partially completed IRB applications will NOT be accepted.

You can download the Protocol Application Form (as a Word document) here or from the Brenau Library on IRBNet.

Protocol Application Form (Updated 05/30/2017)

Please make sure that the submitted application meets the following criteria:

  • Each document should be uploaded separately into the IRBNet Application package in its original file format (i.e. the Protocol Application should be uploaded as a Word document and a scanned file should be uploaded as a PDF).
  • Be sure that ALL sections on the application are filled out.
    • Remember, there is always room for small risk.  With this in mind, please pay special attention to section 6.
  • Your consent form(s) and letter(s) of authorization MUST be turned in with your application.
    • All consent forms should be on Brenau University letterhead and must include the contact information for both the Institutional Review Board AND the Faculty Advisor.
    • NO student researcher contact information should be included on the Consent Form.
    • Please write all consent form(s) and additional documentation at a 5th grade level (national average). If the target subjects can be reasonably assumed to have a higher literacy level, then the consent and documentation can be written at the assumed literacy level.
      • A free site that will check the readability of a document and make suggestions can be found at the following link (
  • Each researcher/investigator on the project must have or create an IRBNet account linked to Brenau University and upload their CITI Certification under Training Documents in their Account Profile (don’t forget to hit “Submit”)
  • SIGNATURES REQUIRED.  Please be sure that all applicants (research advisor/primary investigator, and when applicable, co-investigators) have electronically signed the application package before submitting your application for review.

Brenau’s IRB Committee has put together a Submission Checklist that you can use to help avoid common submission errors.

Please contact Kelly Peters (Phone 678-707-5029 Email if you have any questions about the registration or submission process.


Brenau has adopted IRBNet as our IRB Submission Management software. All submissions must be submitted through IRBNet. Faculty Advisors will still be the Principle Investigators and are asked to submit the Protocol Application, but we are requesting that all researchers involved in a submission register with IRBNet to upload their CITI forms, sign their submissions and receive updates.

You can access the IRBNet site to register and submit applications at

Step by step videos and instructions for using IRBNet can be accessed using the links below with the following login information.

User Name: brenau
Password: training

R1: New Project Submission
Walks researchers and study coordinators through the five steps of submitting a new project.
R1: New Project Submission Instructional Video link
R1: New Project Submission Energizer (PDF) link

R2: Post-Submission Advanced Topics
Demonstrates the IRBNet messaging structure, how to successfully update project documents and submit a subsequent (ex. Modifications Required) package to a committee and other advanced topics.
R2: Post-Submission Advanced Topics Instructional Video link
R2: Post-Submission Advanced Topics Energizer (PDF) link


To help you complete your application, here are some examples of previously approved submissions that you can review. These submissions used the old Protocol Application. These can also be found in Brenau’s IRBNet library.

Example of an Exempt submission
Example of an Expedited Submission
Example of a Full Submission which Required a Minor Revision
2nd Example of an Approved full Submission which Required a Minor Revision



2nd Example of an Approved full Submission which Required a Minor Revision

May 11, 2016

Brenau IRB Letterhead

February 16, 2016

Charts to Help Determine if Your Project Requires IRB Approval and What Type of Approval is Required

March 22, 2016

CITI Policy

February 4, 2015

Example of an Approved full Submission which Required a Minor Revision

May 11, 2016

Example of an Exempt Submission

May 11, 2016

Example of an Expedited Submission

May 11, 2016

Institutional Review Board Guidelines

February 4, 2015

Institutional Review Board Procedures

February 4, 2015


January 28, 2016

IRB Completion of Study Form

April 29, 2016

IRB Protocol Application

August 3, 2017

IRB Submission Checklist

February 16, 2016

IRBNet Training Energizer - New User Registration

May 11, 2016

IRBNet Training Energizer 1 for Researchers

May 11, 2016

The Brenau IRB: Embrace the Urge for Research

October 17, 2016

    IRB Deadline and Meeting Dates

    NOTE: Additional dates will be added for review at a later date.  Please check back for further details.

    Deadline Date
    Committee Review Meeting Date
    Tuesday, September 5, 2017
    Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    Tuesday, October 10, 2017
     Tuesday, October 24, 2017
    Tuesday, January 9, 2018
    Tuesday, January 23, 2018
    Tuesday, February 6, 2018
    Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    Tuesday, March 6, 2018
     Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    Contact Information

    Brenau University
    Institutional Review Board
    c/o College of Health Sciences
    Brenau East Campus
    Address: 1001 Chestnut Street SE, Gainesville, GA 30501
    Phone: 678-707-5029
    Fax: 770-538-4666 (ATTN: Kelly Peters, Institutional Review Board)

    Chair, Dr. Tamara Mills

    Helpful Links