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Institutional Review Board

IRB will be joining you in taking a break for the holidays. We thank you in advance for your understanding. Please note the following:

IRB review will "pause" starting Monday, November 22 and will resume on Monday, November 29.

IRB review will "pause" starting Monday, December 20 and resume on Tuesday, January 4. 


The purpose of the PLNU Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to serve the campus community by ensuring that all research involving human participants will meet or exceed federal guidelines governing such research.

Note: Processing and response to any IRB submission may take up to 7 to 10 days. Please plan accordingly.

We recognize that the administrative hurdles imposed by these guidelines are often daunting for aspiring researchers, and our goal is to help you navigate this important process. To that end, we have converted the research proposal submission process to an electronic system. Although it isn't perfect, the new system is designed to ease the paperwork burden for student and faculty researchers, decrease wait times required for you to receive feedback, and increase the efficiency and record keeping abilities of the board.

Using this system, you may:

If you have any feedback, questions, or concerns please email

Best wishes with all your research endeavors!