Institutional Review Board


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.

Brenau University's Instutional 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 principles outlined in the Belmont Report.  These guidelines are also extended to include review and oversight of any activity that involves Human Sujects 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.




Brenau University
Institutional Review Board
c/o College of Health & Science
635 Academy Street | Gainesville, GA 30501

Phone:  770-718-5304
Fax:  770-297-5929
email: kclark3@brenau.edu



Completed applications need to be submitted to the IRB office by research advisor to Kimberly Clark at 635 Academy Street, Gainesville, GA 30501 at least two (2) weeks prior to the upcoming committee meeting in order to be considered for review.  Make note that the application will NOT be accepted if all signatures are not included.  Also, partially completed IRB applications will NOT be accepted.  

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

  • Be sure that ALL sections on the application are filled out.  And 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.
  • Please write all consent form(s) and additional documentation at an 8th grade level.  
  • SIGNATURES REQUIRED.  Please be sure that all applicants (primary investigator, and when applicable, co-investigators) and the research advisor signatures have been obtained for submittal.  
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