|Welcome to SPU's Institutional Review Board Website
The purpose of the SPU Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to protect the rights, health, and privacy of individuals who participate in research that is conducted through the University. Protection of human participants is the primary goal of these policies.
The policies of the SPU IRB are also designed to protect University members who conduct research, and students who conduct research under their supervision. These policies apply to all research activities that involve human participants.
Definition of Research
More simply put, The IRB is responsible to review and approve any proposed research with human participants that occurs outside of established or commonly accepted educational settings involving normal educational practices such as regular course evaluations or student assessment. OHRP refers to this as the “common rule” when ascertaining the need for IRB review.
Before completing your IRB application please read the SPU IRB User guidelines. You can find both documents at the link below. You may also need to document informed consent. You can find the template and checklist for informed consent below. If you are unsure if you need to document informed consent form, please see the FAQ link below or check with your IRB Member.
Submit two hard copies of the application with any documented protocol (such as the questionnaires or assessment instruments that you propose to use) to your School or Department IRB Member. DO NOT submit via e-mail.
Full Review: 2013-14 Deadlines
If you require expedited or exempt IRB review outside of these dates, please contact your School or Department’s IRB member, or the IRB Chair.