Institutional Review Board

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,
 
The Institutional Review Board is pleased to announce the adoption of the industry leading IRBNet suite of tools, accessible via the National Research Network, bringing electronic protocol management, on-line submissions and many other important research oversight features to Sewanee’s research community. We have recognized the need to reduce manual and paper-based procedures, streamline protocol submission and review processes and leverage today’s best technologies throughout the research lifecycle. As an important step toward these objectives, our adoption of IRBNet now brings Sewanee a robust set of electronic tools supporting the management, submission, review, and oversight of our research protocols. Some of IRBNet’s many features include electronic document management, web-based protocol sharing and collaboration, automatic notifications, electronic submissions and reviews, integrated training and credential management, and important audit capabilities including electronic revision histories, electronic signatures, and event tracking.
 
We have carefully chosen IRBNet not only for the important capabilities that it provides, but also because IRBNet is secure, web-based, and extremely intuitive and easy to use. You may access IRBNet from virtually any computer using a web browser. If you have not already been notified of your IRBNet User ID and Password, you may now self-register as part of the University of the South community and immediately begin using these exciting new tools.  Please also contact our office for a copy of one of the IRBNet Training Energizers and information about other training and assistance to help you get started.
 
We are currently accepting electronic protocol submissions via IRBNet. Beginning October 1, 2018, all protocols (including revisions and renewals) must be submitted electronically via IRBNet, and all review decision letters will be issued electronically via IRBNet.
 
Once again, we are pleased to bring these robust new tools to Sewanee. For additional information please contact Brandy Tiernan at irb@sewanee.edu as we move forward with this important initiative.
 
Sincerely,
Brandy Tiernan, Chair
Kristen Kleinfeld, Compliance Officer
Kristen Cecala, Committee Member
Doug Drinen, Committee Member
Brandon Moore, Committee Member
Betsy Sandlin, Committee Member
Katherine Theyson, Committee Member