Students aiming to complete any type of research are first required to obtain approval from GCU’s Institutional Review Board, or IRB.
The articles linked below can assist you with the submission and revision processes.
(iRIS) How to Start Your IRB Application in iRIS
(iRIS) How to Complete the Initial Submission Packet
(iRIS) How to Edit a Study Denied by Your Supervisor
(iRIS) How to Revise Your Application after IRB Review
(iRIS) How to Track the Status of Your IRB Submission
For more information about what an IRB is, and how to submit an IRB application, see:
- the CIRT IRB Research Center for all GCU students/staff/faculty
- the DC IRB Research Center for doctoral learners
Keep in mind that only students in the 4th week of their doctoral program will be able to access the DC Network. Additionally, you can select the orange Help icon in the upper right corner of the iMedRIS website for assistance regardless of what type of student you are.
This website can be accessed directly at gcuirb.imedris.net. The login information is your GCU email address and GCU password. If you are unable to log in, we recommend resetting your password. Click the link below to be taken to instructions for resetting your password.
Frequently Asked Questions:
For instructions on how to submit an IRB application, please see the article titled, (iRIS) How to Start Your IRB Application, and/or review the resources available on the IRB Research Center which is linked above. If you are a doctoral student, you can always reach out to your chair for help as well. If your chair is unable to assist, please email email@example.com.
The Principal Investigator is the person completing the application (if you are submitting the application, then that’s you!). You must add yourself as the principal investigator on the application in order to be able to sign off on it later.
Faculty members will not appear in the iMedRIS system until they have logged in for the first time. If you are unable to locate your faculty member, try reaching out to them and ask them to log in.
No, students at any educational level may need to complete research as part of their program. If you are not a doctoral student and need assistance with submitting an application, you can view the article titled, (iRIS) How to Start Your IRB Application in iRIS and/or use the resources available in the CIRT link above.
Some faculty members are students as well, and may have two accounts in the iMedRIS website. Most often you will want to select the account associated with their faculty information. This account will generally have an email address formatted in this way: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. When in doubt, contact your faculty member for clarification.
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Additionally, once the files download they may have strange titles. This is normal.
Any applications that you have started, but not completed, can be located as drafts in the “My Studies” section of your iRIS homepage.
This generally happens because the Chair member was not added to the application properly. To correct this, email IRB@gcu.edu.
If you have a Study Supervisor (Dissertation chair/DNP chair/GCU Faculty Member) that must approve your submission before it is routed to the IRB for approval, they may request revisions to your initial submission. For instructions on how to edit your submission after it has been denied, please refer to How to Edit a Study Denied by Your Supervisor.
Anytime the Study Application Form is updated, a message will appear notifying applicants to convert to the new form.
"A new version of the Study Application Form (GCU IRB Application) has been published. Please click on the Convert to the New Form Version button. New sections and questions may be present on this form so please click through each section to verify that the application is complete."
When the conversion is complete, it may look like you have lost your work, but anything you previously entered is still there. The application takes you back to the beginning because there may now be new field requirements to fill out. Click save and continue through the application to ensure that all fields are filled out correctly.
If you need to download a PDF copy of your completed IRB application, start by opening the study from the My Studies page.
Under the Outstanding Submissions heading, select Initial Review Submission Packet.
Click the Print Friendly button at the top of the screen.
In the pop up that appears, select PDF Form and then click Apply Section.
A file will start downloading. If nothing happens, try disabling your browser’s pop up blocker. The file downloaded will include a copy of your Initial Review Submission Packet. If you would like a copy of the GCU IRB application questions and answers as well, navigate to the GCU IRB Application section of the form and you will see another opportunity to click Print Friendly at the top.