New Submissions & Continuing Review

Institutional Review Board


Contact Information

Davidson Hall - Room 208

Email is our preferred method of communication. For all questions and submissions please email:

Dr. Laura Bowman

IRB Chair

Dr. Jim Conway

IRB Vice Chair




Initial Submissions

Email Submission Instructions:

If you plan to submit your research to the Institutional Review Board for review, an initial submission is comprised of a completed Initial Protocol Submission Form and all other relevant documentation sent as a single Word or PDF attachment to Please do not submit your protocol as a shared file (such as through OneDrive or Google Docs); you must submit your attachment as a single, finalized Word or PDF document. For a form to be considered a complete submission, all required attachments and requested protocol information must be included. Please refer to the submission checklist at the end of the Initial Protocol Submission Form for further information as to what is required. Detailed guidance and sample documents are also available under the "Samples and Guidelines" tab to assist you with the submission process. Please allow at least two weeks for initial processing of all Institutional Review Board submissions.

Upon submission of the Initial Protocol Submission Form you will receive a confirmation e-mail from acknowledging receipt of your form. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail that is sent to all investigators within two weeks of submission, please e-mail for follow-up.

Additional Submission Information:

Please note that all researchers must include certification to document completion of the CITI ethics training program. For researchers who have not already completed the CITI ethics training program, please refer to the tab “CITI Certification & Ethics Tutorial” for more information. CITI ethics certificates are valid for five years from the date of completion

If you are a student researcher, your Initial Protocol Submission must be prepared in consultation with a faculty advisor, and final drafts must be sent to the faculty advisor for review and submission. The Institutional Review Board does not accept submissions directly from students.

If you are unsure whether or not your research should be submitted to the Institutional Review Board/IRB for review, please refer to "Does my research require IRB review?"

If you have any remaining questions that are not addressed on our website, please email your question to, and we will respond to you with an answer as quickly as we can!