Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Instructions and Deadlines: 

The Chair of the IRB reviews submitted research applications throughout the academic year, about once every two weeks. The full IRB reviews applications once a month during the academic year. The IRB does not meet during the summer.

Many submitted protocols, because they involve relatively little risk, can be evaluated by the Chair or a subcommittee of the full committee. In these cases, you will normally hear back from the IRB Chair within two weeks of submission.

Research that involves higher risk factors or so-called “vulnerable populations” (e.g., children) requires the approval of the full IRB, which meets once a month during the academic year. Research funded by federal grants must also be reviewed by the entire IRB. For an application to be considered by the full IRB, the complete and final application must be submitted at least one week before the committee meets. Incomplete, draft, or partial applications received by this date will not be considered to have met the deadline.

Deadlines for Fall 2015/Early Spring 2016; all deadlines occur on the date specified at 11:59 pm.

Meeting, October 19:  Deadline, October 12
Meeting, November 23:  Deadline, November 16
Meeting, January 25:  Deadline, January 18

Meeting, February 22: Deadline, February 15

IRB Documents:

IRB Guidelines 2014-2015 (Complete document, including forms, updated 2014-09-29)
IRB Form (Updated 2014-09-25)
Informed Consent (Updated 2014-09-25)
Request For Class Project Waiver of IRB Application (Updated 2014-09-29)

IRB Presentation 2014-09-29


All IRB members and principal investigators (faculty members and students) are required to complete human subjects training. It is also important for investigators who receive external funding to always check the awarding agency’s training requirements.

A copy of the certification of completion from one of the following two online training modules must be submitted to the IRB. For either online option, (option A or B), individuals register online, complete the module, and print a certification of completion. The training is free of charge when only the certificate of completion is requested.

Option A:The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services provides free online Human Subject Assurance Training at

Specifically, three training modules are offered at the OHRP site: (1) HHS Regulations and Institutional Responsibilities; (2) Investigator Responsibilities and Informed Consent; and (3) Human Research Protections Program. Though all are recommended, only Module 2 (Investigator Responsibilities and Informed Consent) is required.

Option B: The National Institutes of Health free training module on Human Participant Protections Education for Research Teams is available online at

IRB Minutes for 2016-2017:


IRB Minutes for 2014-2015:

9.8.14 IRB minutes