Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a campus committee empowered by federal regulations to oversee research activities involving human subjects. The IRB is responsible for the review and monitoring of research involving human subjects in order to assure the protection of the rights and welfare of the subjects participating in research.

The IRB utilizes IRBNet for the submission of all human subjects research studies. IRBNet is a web-based system of electronic tools to support the management, submission, review and administration of IRB protocols.

Prior to initiating research involving human subjects, project personnel (PI, Co-PI and research assistants) must complete core training in Procedures for Human Subjects Protection. To learn more, please review the training procedures as outlined in


Office Hours

IRB chairperson, Dr. Anne Foster, History, and vice chair Dr. Lindsey Eberman, AMR, both have IRB office hours. During these listed times below, they will be available on Zoom to discuss questions related to your IRB application. Plan to use these hours for any question or issue that cannot be addressed through email. You may schedule an appointment or just "walk-in" during their office hours. Please email Dr. Foster and Dr. Eberman directly to receive their Zoom meeting information. The waiting room will be used on Zoom so that each person will be able to talk privately. If you have questions about a protocol with modifications required, please contact the person who is handling your application.

Spring 2021 Office hours:

Dr. Lindsey Eberman, Wednesdays 10 am - 12 pm (except when there is a full IRB meeting)

Dr. Anne Foster, Mondays 11 am - 12:30 pm and Wednesdays 12 pm - 1 pm


COVID-19 Related Research Information


Updated Forms Effective October 15, 2020

Beginning October 15, 2020 the IRB is implementing new versions of the following forms: Form A – New Application, Form D – Modification Request, Form E – Continuation Request, Form F – Report of Unanticipated Problems, Adverse Events, or Noncompliance, and Form G – Completion of Research Activities. The IRB will no longer require Form B or Form C to accompany Form A. The IRB will no longer accept the older versions of these forms after October 15th, 2020. The new forms are available in the Forms and Templates section of IRBNet. A new Reviewers Worksheet Form A has also been developed. The Reviewers Worksheet is a helpful reference for researchers submitting Form A and is available in IRBNet as well.