• Responsible Conduct of Research
    MTSU Institutional Review Board

MTSU Human Research Protection Program

  • Please allow at least 2 weeks for protocols to be reviewed
  • During the months of August-September and February-March, expect a minimum processing time of 3 weeks

The MTSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee appointed to oversee any research involving human participants. The aim of the IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of the research subjects.  This web page is designed to guide researchers through the process of seeking approval for human subject research. Refer to the FAQ for general IRB-related questions.

Visit the Decision Guide for answering questions such as:

  • Am I involved in research?
  • Does the research involve Human Subjects?
  • Should I apply for Exempt, Expedited or Full review?

The Online Training page will link researchers to a site where they can undergo training to obtain certification for conducting research involving human subjects. The IRB Forms page allows access to download the most current applications, final/progress reports, templates for consent forms, and other important documents.

Important Policy Updates

  • The Office of Compliance only accepts online submissions
  • An MTSU Faculty member MUST email the application documents to compliance@mtsu.edu.   
  • THE OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE WILL NO LONGER RECEIVE APPLICATIONS FROM STUDENTS.  Student researchers must have their faculty advisor email the application documents.  
  • Ensure all necessary boxes are completed as accurately as possible.  Incomplete applications will be sent back to the investigators and will not be reviewed untill the application documents are complete.  
  • Those who qualify for full review must check the committee schedule and should allow more time for  the approval process.

Report Compliance Breach and Adverse Events Immediately

If you need to report a study related injury, or if you have concerns about a research project, please contact the ooffice of complaince by emailing to  compliance@mtsu.edu or call 615 494 8918. ALL COMMUNICATIONS TO THE OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE WILL BE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

Office of Compliance  
2269 Middle TN Blvd
Sam H. Ingram Bldg (ING) Room 010A
Box 124 (Previously 134)
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Tel: 615 494 8918 | FAX: 615 898 5028
Email: compliance@mtsu.edu