Center for Information & Communication Studies


Institutional Review Board Information

The Office of Research has changed the application procedure for Human Subjects/IRB.  As of Sept. 1, researchers have to use the new online application system,  iMedRIS - USE FIREFOX (NOT INTERNET EXPLORER) as the browser to open this link by coping the link  ( pasting into the URL into FIREFOX.  

The compliance office homepage is

iMedRIS information page is at --  information about the move and system, and links to some training exercises.

The iMedRIS login portal for UTK is (USE FIREFOX Browser to open this link)

A helpful PowerPoint with instructions for College routing:  iMedris Instructions for College of Communication & Information Routing

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

The Office of Research & Engagement has partnered with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program to allow UT Knoxville affiliated researchers the opportunity to participate in online research ethics education.  Faculty and graduate students can use this link to register for CITI certification:  All researchers who use human subjects will be required to have this certification, including faculty advisors working with students.  The two modules required by CCI are:

Basic Courses in IRB/Human Subjects Research

  • Social and Behavioral Focus Basic/Refresher — For most people in S&B or Humanities disciplines

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

  • Social and Behavioral RCR (Psychology, Social Work, etc.)

IRB FAQS & Guides - the what and why of reviews

CCI IRB Procedures

UT IRB Resources

The UT Office of Research Compliance site provides a number of additional links and guides.

UT IRB Document Samples