Does my research need a protocol?
Any research conducted in Marian University laboratory spaces requires an IBC Pre-Submission form, especially any research involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids, biological materials, microorganisms, or potentially biohazardous chemicals or materials. This includes nearly all laboratory research at Marian University. The nature
and the scope of the research will determine if a full protocol is required. Please see "Submitting a Protocol to the IBC" for detailed instructions.
How long does it take to approve a protocol?
The length of the protocol approval process can vary, depending on the biosafety oversight required. Investigators are recommended to submit their protocols at least 3 months prior to any anticipated start date. However, for protocols requiring significant oversight or revision, this process could be longer. PIs are strongly encouraged to initiate the review process as early as possible to avoid any delays in their work.
What if my protocol is not approved?
No research can be conducted without an approved IBC protocol. While not all proposed experiments can be approved as written, the MU-IBC will work directly with investigators to revise their protocols or identify alternatives for experiments that cannot be safely conducted at this time. This process may be time-consuming, so PIs are strongly encouraged to submit their protocols well in advance of any planned research activities.
Can I attend the IBC meetings?
IBC meetings are closed to the general public but PIs may attend the meetings where their research is being discussed. However, the committee may limit attendance to the relevant portions of the meeting, and PIs must adhere to the confidentiality and
conflicts of interest policies of the committee.
How long is an IBC protocol valid?
An approved protocol is valid for three years from the time of approval. However, any new materials, procedures, containment, locations, and safety practices will require an amendment or new protocol prior to beginning any work. Additionally, you will
need to submit an annual update of the laboratory personnel covered by your protocol.
My research is exempt. Do I still need to complete CITI training?
CITI training is required for all researchers who have access to potential biosafety risks. Even researchers working under exempt protocols may be required to complete specific CITI training, depending on the nature and location of their research. These requirements are communicated directly to the investigator through the IBC Pre-Submission process.
Where do I find the appropriate CITI training?
The specific requirements may vary depending on the nature and location of your research and will be communicated directly to the investigator through the IBC Pre-Submission process. However, the majority of the core CITI training can be found under the
Biosafety/Biosecurity suite (Question 3, Groups 1 and 8):
I am a Marian University investigator, but I am conducting my research at another institution. Do I need a protocol?
Yes. Marian University requires all affiliated investigators whose research falls under its purview to maintain current IBC protocols. In many cases, submission of the approved protocol from the partner institution may suffice. Please contact the chairperson at IBC@marian.edu for approval of outside protocols. Please note, collaborative institutions may also require protocols for their facilities in addition to an approved MU-IBC
I have a collaborator not affiliated with Marian University that will be working in our facilities. Does this individual need an IBC protocol?
No. Your collaborators can be included in your protocol by submitting an amendment (please see “Submitting a Protocol to the IBC”) to the IBC. However, the PI will be responsible for all safety, training, and protocol requirements.
Should students working in my lab be listed on my IBC protocol?
All individuals working on a protocol, including faculty, staff, and students, should be included. This can be updated at any time using the amendment process (please see “Submitting a Protocol to the IBC”).
I have submitted my pre-submission form. What happens next?
Your submission will be reviewed by the chair. You will be notified by email what next steps are required, depending on the nature of your protocol.
I do not have a Marian email address. How do I submit my protocol?
Currently, only investigators with an active Marian email address can access the digital submission system. If you are not affiliated with Marian or are waiting on institutional credentials, please contact IBC@marian.edu and we will help guide you through an alternative submission process.
When is the next IBC meeting?
IBC meetings will be posted to the University calendar at events.marian.edu.
I still have more questions. How can I get help?
Please feel free to email IBC@marian.edu with any questions.