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Institutional Review Board

The IRB at Grand Canyon University is registered with The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Human Research Protections, and has gained the status of Federal-wide Assurance, which assures that the GCU community of researchers abides by the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45, Part 46 (45.CRF.46).

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) ensures that all research conducted under the purview of Grand Canyon University meets the highest ethical standards, and complies with the federal regulations for the protection of human participants in research (45.CFR.46)

The IRB provides timely and efficient processing, review, monitoring, tracking, and reporting of all research protocols and IRB activities, and requires that all research conducted by researchers within the GCU community meets the following requirements:

  • Protects human participants
  • Develops and sustains an ethical research environment
  • Assures that researchers are qualified 
  • Assures that research has the potential to add value to the academic community and society

All researchers within the GCU community who wish to conduct research at GCU must submit their request to the IRB using the appropriate form. Guidelines for GCU researchers are provided in the Institutional Review Board Handbook. Researchers are encouraged to read the IRB Handbook carefully to ensure proper classification of their research. IRB requests and questions should be forwarded to