University of Southern Indiana

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research

Persons conducting research involving human subjects have an ethical, as well as professional, obligation to ensure the safety, protection, and rights of participants.

The IRB committee is responsible for reviewing any research and related activities involving humans as subjects proposed by any member (full-time or part-time) of the USI faculty, staff, or student body.

Existing data that has already been collected for either research or non-research purposes can be used in IRB protocols but is subject to the regulations in 45 CFR 46. All investigators must complete an application, submit it for review, and receive approval before any research procedures can begin.

The IRB Committee is additionally responsible for determining any violation of research activities, risk to human subjects, and compliance with federal regulations.

For questions about the IRB Committee, see the most recent IRB By-laws.

See the IRBNet User Manual for step-by-step instructions for the entire submission and approval process.

See IRB FAQ's to answer questions you may have.


As of August 1, 2012, all IRB projects must be submitted for review using IRBNet.

The Office of Sponsored Projects and Research Administration will no longer accept paper applications or applications emailed to our office.

Please note: An application will not be forwarded for review until all required electronic elements are received via IRBNet.

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