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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

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The IRB Purview
Human Subjects Training
Institutional Review Board
IRB Application Packet for Human Research Review
Course Instructor Certification
External Investigators

All IRB applications and supporting materials must be submitted in hard copy to the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (EN B213) for internal review.

All materials are logged in and reviewed in the order in which they have been received. IRB review normally takes two weeks, so plan accordingly. Research found to include more than minimal risk must be reviewed at an IRB meeting. The schedule of meeting and submission dates for more than minimal risk research is below.

NOTE: This schedule below applies ONLY to research that involves risks to participants that are greater than those presented by everyday life. All other research will be reviewed within two weeks of submission to the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (EN B213). 

Fall 2018 IRB Meeting Dates

Meeting Date Submission
September 21, 2018 August 31, 2018
October 19, 2018 October 1, 2018
November 16, 2018 November 1, 2018
December 14, 2018 November 30, 2018
Spring 2019 IRB Meeting Dates


Meeting Date Submission 
January 18, 2019 January 2, 2019
February 22, 2019 February 1, 2019
March 22, 2019 March 1, 2019
April 26, 2019 April 1, 2019
May 17, 2019 May 1, 2019
IRB Chairperson: W. Jerome Hauselt, PH.D.

Office:       Engleman Hall, Wing A, Room A110 A - B
Phone:        (203) 392-5243
FAX:          (203) 392-5221

Before continuing to navigate through the IRB website, please read through the IRB Bulletins webpage for updated news regarding the IRB application that will be effective January 19, 2018!


The Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for safeguarding the rights and welfare of human participants in research. The IRB subscribes to the basic ethical principles for the protection of human participants in research that underlie The Belmont Report, and adheres to federal regulations published in The Federal Register, codified at Title 45 part 46, and to the terms of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Research Protections' Federalwide Assurance for the Protection of Human Subjects.

The IRB Purview:

The IRB's purview extends to: (1) all human research conducted by SCSU faculty, students, staff, administrators, or others who wish to conduct research under the auspices of SCSU; (2) all human research conducted on the SCSU campus or in cooperation with other research agencies and sites, regardless of whether the project is funded externally, internally or receives no funding support.

Human Subjects Training

Investigators who wish to submit an Application for Human Research Review must have completed Human Subjects Training within the last three years.

The former training course, offered by NIH, has been discontinued and is no longer available.  A new NIH course that costs about $40 per user will be offered.  This new NIH course does not need to be taken nor should it be taken.

SCSU has joined the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), which makes a large range of training opportunities in ethical conduct of research available at no cost to the individual.  SCSU will accept documentation of the training from the NIH tutorial, or preferably, from the CITI Online training program now available to all SCSU faculty and students.  More information on the CITI program (how to register, the course catalog) can be found here:

There are several courses available for researchers to complete.  The Social-Behavioral-Educational (SBE) Basic course is recommended for most researchers at SCSU.  Researchers are free to take as many training courses as they wish.  The IRB may recommend other courses depending upon the nature of the research once an application is submitted. 

The CITI Completion Record for all study personnel should be submitted along with the research protocol.

Institutional Review Board:

The IRB, through human research protocol review, assures that: (1) anticipated risks to human research participants are balanced by benefits to the individual and society; (2) selection of participants is just and equitable; (3) research designs are appropriate to protect human research participants; (4) anonymity, privacy, and confidentiality of participants is not compromised; and, (5) when applicable, research participants have given knowledgeable, voluntary and autonomous consent to take part in the research.

The IRB reviews all new research project protocols, project continuances, and revisions in approved research, and renders decisions regarding: (1) exemption from IRB review and review level; (2) the need for protocol modification; (3) protocol approval; and, (4) protocol disapproval. In order to submit an application to the IRB for review, the investigator must first complete the NIC tutorial and then submit an IRB Application Packet for Human Research Review. This packet provides an interactive application form and detailed instructions regarding how to fill it out.

IRB Application Packet for Human Research Review:

Instructions for forms completion and the IRB application forms may be found online. The address below will take you to the IRB Instructions and Forms Selection Page. Under IRB Application Packet for Human Research Review please select "Application Instructions." Please print these instructions and use them as a reference for completing the IRB forms. Once you have printed the instructions you may return to the IRB and select "Application Forms." Please follow all instructions on the forms.

Course Instructor Certification:

At SCSU, student human research participant activities which are completed in partial fulfillment of requirements for a course may only need to be submitted to the course instructor for approval prior to the collection of data, provided the instructor has an approved Course Instructor Certification Form on file with the SCSU RPP. Applications for course instructor certification may be obtained on line at:

External Investigators:

SCSU welcomes investigators from external agencies who wish to conduct human participant research on the SCSU campus with SCSU students, faculty, staff and administrators. Depending on the level of external research involvement, investigator responsibilities will vary. Please see External Investigator Responsibilities online here.