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Institutional Review Board: Frequently Asked Questions

This page is where we post answers to the most common questions we receive. If you have a question not answered here, please email it to the current IRB chair:

Dr. Lauren Lunsford at lauren.lunsford@belmont.edu, 615-460-6230

or check our Contact page for the person who represents your school on the IRB.

Q.  How do I know if I need IRB approval?

A. If you will aggregate, analyze, or summarize human subject data for publication or presentation (whether inside or outside the University), you need IRB approval or exempt registration. For an explanation of the different categories of human subjects research and their corresponding requirements for approval/registration, visit the Directions page.

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