Institutional Review Board

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Frequently Asked Questions of the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects:

Six steps to submitting a protocol for review

  1. Complete the online training module
  2. Determine which type of review is appropriate for your project
  3. Complete the Request for Exemption or the Application for Expedited or Full Review and attach materials as necessary
  4. Describe your project to the IRB according to the questions on the Request for Exemption or Application for Expedited or Full Review form
  5. Obtain permissions and signatures as necessary
  6. Submit the complete package and copies as indicated on the forms to the appropriate IRB

Federal Policies and Guidance


IRB Human Research Protections Manual and Guidance for Submitting Protocols

The most common reason for delay in IRB review is lack of information about the study procedures, recruitment or instruments. Please read the instructions carefully and answer all questions on the forms. Direct questions to the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at x7488.

Completing the Required IRB Training

All key personnel, including students, are required to register with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) and complete a CITI online training program before beginning their research. To register, follow the New Learner Account Registration instructions appended below. To complete the training, go to Once the training is completed, you will be prompted to print out a certificate of completion. Submit a copy of the certificate with your request for IRB approval. Keep a copy for your records.

What type of review should I request?

There are three types of protocols: exempt, expedited and full review. If your project does not fall in one of the exempt or expedited categories, then it will be reviewed by the IRB at a monthly meeting. Please note: Protocols that qualify for exempt or expedited status are reviewed on a rolling basis and can be submitted at any time.

What forms are required to submit my protocol to the IRB?

Other Forms*

  • Protocol Renewal Fill-in Form: PDF | Word
  • Protocol Modification Fill-in Form: PDF | Word
  • Fill-in Report of Adverse Effects: PDF | Word
  • Protocol Termination Fill-in Form: PDF | Word
  • Procedures for Minors (High School Student Interns) Assisting with Research Activities: PDF

* If using the PDF versions, please download the forms and open in Adobe Reader or Acrobat in order to sign electronically.

Use the consent form templates provided below. One of these templates, as appropriate to your study, must be used. The consent form should be on department letterhead.

Consent form templates:

When should I submit my protocol?

Protocols that qualify for exempt or expedited status are reviewed on a rolling basis and can be submitted at any time. Protocols that require full committee review should be submitted according the meeting and deadline schedule.

Where should I send my protocol?

Office of Sponsored Programs and Research
Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Contact Eileen Gazzola, IRB Adminstrator at or 516.686.7488, for more information.