Institutional Review Board

Welcome to the Home Page of the WCSU Institutional Review Board (IRB).  On this page, are all submission materials & links necessary to propose an IRB-approved study. 

 All WCSU IRB proposal documents MUST be submitted electronically as one Word (.doc or .docx) file attachment to

 We've streamlined the process, so now a complete proposal includes only two main components:

(1) Completed/Signed (actual signatures of everyone involved; pasting image files of signatures into the .doc file is the easiest way to accomplish this) Proposal Form for:

(2) CITI or equivalent Human Subjects training

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

For proposals not needing full committee review, please plan at least 2 weeks processing time during regular semesters. IRB approval must be obtained before beginning human subjects data collection.

Deadlines for Full Review proposal submissions are - without exception - the first of the month in which it's to be considered. Full proposals submitted after the 1st won't be considered until the following month.


2014-15 Meetings

Meetings occur on Wednesday in Student Center Room 228, beginning at 8:30am.

  • September 17th
  • October 15th
  • November 12th
  • December 10th
  • February 18th
  • March 11th
  • April 8th
  • May 6th

  • The WCSU IRB does not meet during the school breaks (i.e., Intersession & Summer). All proposals for research conducted during the Intersession or Summer must be submitted to the IRB before the end of the prior semester.  During these times, responses to email inquiries may take a month or longer.

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

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

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