Institutional Review Board

SUU in-person research is now mask-friendly. All other COVID in-person research requirements still apply. SUU has decided to allow in-person human-subjects research to start again beginning 9 September 2020. Before any in-person human-subjects research can occur, the researcher needs to get approval from the SUU IRB (Institutional Review Board). Follow these instructions for how to get IRB approval for in-person human-subjects research during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Infosheet is available as a Word document.

In brief, for in-person human-subjects research that the SUU IRB has already approved, researchers should

  1. Submit a Proposed Change to a Previously Approved Protocol form.
  2. In that form, provide a Research Safety Plan (i.e., say how you will keep participants safe from COVID-19) and directly address each of the 8 factors on which the IRB will evaluate the Research Safety Plan. This can be done in an appendix.

For in-person human-subjects research that has not yet been approved by the IRB, researchers should

  1. Submit an application, and include a Research Safety Plan in it.
  2. Directly address each of the 8 factors on which the IRB will evaluate the Research Safety Plan. This can be done in an appendix.
  3. Remember that new proposals will need to have the updated version of the Informed Consent Form (e.g., with a Key Information section).

If you have any questions, please contact any of the following:
Bryan Koenig (IRB Chair) at
Sylvia Bradshaw (Director of SPARC; for funded research) at

IRB Committee

  • Bryan Koenig (University IRB Chair)
  • Mark Siemon (Vice Chair)
  • Sylvia Bradshaw (Director of Sponsored Programs, Research, Agreements, and Contracts; SPARC)
  • William Davis (EDUC reviewer)
  • Stacy Hurst (EDUC reviewer)
  • Mohamed Askar (CECS)
  • Brian Beacom (PVA)
  • Howard Hu (BUS)
  • Scott Lanning (LIB)
  • Jennifer McKenzie (COEHD)
  • Michael Ostrowsky (HSS)
  • Elizabeth Pierce (COS)
  • Kelli Price (Community Member)
  • Matt Schmidt (CHS)

IRB Forms for Committee Members

IRB Forms and Documents

Review Dates and Deadlines for the Academic Year:

IRB Proposal submissions and applications are accepted anytime; however, there is a monthly deadline associated with their review. The monthly deadline for review is the 7th of the month during the academic year. Application submissions received past the 7th of the month will be reviewed as part of the subsequent month’s deadline. For example, applications received between September 8th and October 7th will be reviewed as part of the October 7th deadline. Applications received between October 8th and November 7th will be reviewed as part of the November 7th deadline. This monthly pattern will follow for other months in the academic year.

The spring 2021 full board meeting schedule:

  • 27 January 2021, 4-5 pm
  • 24 February 2021, 3:30-4:30
  • 29 March 2021, 3-4pm
  • 23 April 2021, 3-4pm
  • 19 May 2021, 4-5 pm

Summer reviews will be done using a similar timeframe, but will be dependent upon the type of proposal. Generally, exempt and expedited reviews can be evaluated over the summer, whereas full board reviews cannot. Full board review proposals received in the summer will be reviewed in the fall semester.

Properly completed proposals generally take 1-2 weeks to approve (if exempt or expedited), or 3-4 weeks to approve (if full board) after the monthly deadline (i.e., the 7th of each month).

Please contact if you have questions about this process.

Instructions for downloading IRB forms

PDF forms should be downloaded and opened with Adobe Reader

IRB Information

CITI Ethics Training

IRB Annual Reports

Ethics Documents

Federal Regulations and Guides