Institutional Review Board

Welcome to the Home Page of the WCSU Institutional Review Board (IRB), containing links for all materials necessary to submit an IRB proposal.

All WCSU IRB proposal documents must be submitted electronically as one (.doc or .docx) file attachment to PDF files will not be accepted.


We continually streamline the process; a complete proposal now includes only two main components:

(1) Complete/Signed (actual signatures of everyone involved; pasting image files of sig’s into the .doc file is easiest)  Proposal Form for either:

(2) CITI (see Main Tab at left) or equivalent Human Subjects training. There is no need to submit CITI certificates once completed, as we have a record of completions.


Proposals with missing documents/signatures or not emailed as ONE .doc file will not be reviewed.


IRB approval must be obtained before beginning human subjects data collection. For truly Exempt or Expedited proposals, plan at least 2 weeks processing time during regular semesters.

Deadlines for Full Review proposal submissions are – without exception – the first of the month in which we meet. Full proposals submitted after the 1st will be considered at the next monthly meeting.

WCSU IRB meets only during Fall & Spring semesters. Outside these times, responses to email inquiries may take a month or longer. All research proposed for Intersession or Summer must be received/processed in advance (e.g., semester prior).


2017-18 Meetings

Meetings occur as needed on Wednesdays in Student Center Room 228, typically beginning at 8:30am.

  • September 6, 2017
  • October 11, 2017
  • November 8, 2017
  • December 6, 2017
  • February 7, 2018
  • March 7, 2018
  • April 11, 2018
  • May 9, 2018

Quality applications are essential, as they directly affect the integrity of the research process.

It is not the role of the IRB to comment on design or to determine or improve the quality of research protocols except insomuch as those methods affect the well-being, rights, and/or protections of those involved. As such, it is the role of the researchers involved, particularly as representatives of WCSU, to
(a) educate themselves regarding basic human-participants research procedures,
(b) submit complete proposals, with all necessary documents, and
(c) submit proposals devoid of grammatical and typological errors (particularly on documents for participants). Proposals failing to adhere to these standards may not be reviewed.
WCSU’s IRB approval indicates that the proposed study maximizes protection of human participants. IRB approval does not indicate a particular study’s WCSU endorsement.

IRB questions may be directed to the Chair of the WCSU IRB, Dr. Jessica Eckstein (email: