IRB Forms

For application forms, see IRBIS. For exemption, consent/assent, and additional IRB-related forms such as template letters of agreement, see below. 

Research Protections regularly reviews and updates these forms in an effort to improve usability and IRB review turnaround times. If you keep copies of the forms on your local drive, please visit this site periodically to ensure you have the latest versions.

TypeFormPurposeVersion Date
Exemption FormsConsent form for exempt research (docx 21.27 KB)

This consent template can be used for all exempt research procedures, including interviews where there is no recording.  Exempt research conducted under the education category should use parent and/or student consent forms.

If you are conducing recorded interviews or focus groups, please use the appropriate templates in the Consent section of this page (scroll down).

Remove all red and italicized text after completion.

Consent FormsAssent Form for Minors (doc 33.5 KB)Used when participants are under the age of 18 years but capable of reading and understanding the study (e.g., participants age 7-17).  May also be used for populations with English literacy challenges (the IRB must approve).09/14/2015
Biomedical Research Consent Form (doc 87 KB)Use this form for biomedical research, including approved wording for frequently used procedures.  Updated October 2014 to change contact information.09/14/2015
Focus Group Participation (doc 42 KB)Used when research activities include only focus groups of participants or a subset of participants.  Addresses confidentiality and photography/videography.  Can be used for exempt focus group research.  Form was updated October 2014 to change contact information.10/10/2014
Interview Consent Form (doc 38.5 KB)Used for interviews (audio or video recorded) of participants.  Can be used for exempt interviews.  Updated March 2014 for formatting.08/15/2014
Social Behavioral Education Research Consent Form (docx 64.03 KB)

Covers all non-biomedical research including combination activities such as survey/test/interview.  Updated March 2014 to include language for Psychology Pool (SONA) recruitment and extra credit.

Updated February 2014 for formatting and include language around use of photographs. 


Additional IRB Related Templates and Forms

Adverse Event Form (pdf 119.74 KB)

Used to report an Adverse Event that occurs during the course of your research project.


Exercise Screening Tool - ASU (doc 36 KB)Used to screen participants for studies involving exercise. The American College of Sports Medicine criteria for risk is included so that investigators can determine which participants are classified as "low risk" for physical activity.01/14/2011
Letter of Agreement (doc 28.5 KB)Used when another organization is involved in recruiting participants/allowing access to participants/allowing access to data.07/30/2010
Letter of Agreement for Using Student Data (doc 29 KB)Used when Appalachian student records data is used for research purposes. Explains protections in place as required by FERPA.08/19/2010

Differences between the Biomedical and Social/Behavioral/Educational (SBE) consent form

The Biomedical consent form template and Social/Behavioral/Educational consent form templates are substantially similar but the Biomedical consent form includes:

  • optional language for research that falls under FDA jurisdiction
  • optional language describing the risks associated with blood draws and DEXA scans
  • an optional section "Are there any reasons you might take me out of the research?" to clearly communicate any withdrawal criteria
  • a section for research that is more than minimal risk: "What if I get sick or hurt while participating in this research study?"