Liberty University Institutional Review Board Conditional Approval: Alternative Procedures When a School District and/or School Refuses to Grant Permission Prior to the Researcher Receiving LU IRB Research Application Approval In the event that a school district and/or school refuses to grant permission for a researcher to conduct research in a specified district and/or school prior to the researcher receiving LU IRB research application approval, and the researcher has completed all requested IRB revisions to his or her research application, the IRB will conditionally approve the research application and issue a conditional approval letter to the researcher for the specified research study. The researcher may then present the conditional approval letter to the appropriate school district and/or school officials from whom he or she is seeking permission to conduct research. Once the researcher has received letters of permission on official school letterhead with appropriate signature(s) from the appropriate official(s), he or she must submit copies of the letters to the IRB. Copies of permission letters may be submitted by email as scanned pdfs to [email protected], by fax to 434-522-0506, or by mail. The IRB will save and file the letters with the researcher’s application and supporting documents and issue an approval letter enabling the researcher to complete his or her research study.