Important Note: As of April 1, 2014, the IRB will not accept applications from students.
Faculty members supervising students should sign and submit the IRB application on
the student's behalf.
The CSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews research protocols involving the
use of human subjects.* No research project involving human subjects can begin until
written authorization is received by the investigator from the CSU IRB. Deadline dates
for IRB submissions are indicated on the Meeting Schedule link.
Three types of review can be requested depending on the type of study. These are as
- Exempted (Administrative) Review
- Expedited Review
- Full Committee Review
The type of review will depend on the nature of the proposed research. Descriptions
of criteria for exempt and expedited review are contained in the "Application for
Initial Review", accessed through the "Forms" link. Researchers should indicate which
type of review they are requesting; the final determination is made by the IRB.
Please note: If the proposed research involves more than minimal risk to the potential
subjects or involves a vulnerable class of persons under the federal code, the project
does not qualify for exempt review. If the protocol involves collecting audiotape
or videotaped data sets, the project does not qualify for exempt review. Finally,
if the protocol involves minors, prisoners, pregnant women, handicapped or mentally
disabled persons, it is the policy of the CSU IRB to require a full committee review.
The following definitions from the Federal Code should be use to determine whether
your project must be submitted to the IRB for review.
"Any living individual(s) about whom an investigator (whether professional or student)
conducting research obtains (1) data through interaction or intervention with the
individual, or (2) identifiable private information."
45 CFR 46 §102 (f)
"Any systematic investigation, including research development, testing, evaluation,
designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge."
45 CFR 46 §102 (d)Any data collection activity from human subjects, including surveys,interviews, focus
groups, assessments or evaluations, that is designed to contribute to generalized
knowledge requires IRB review. The definition of generalized knowledge is broad,
and includes theses, dissertations, publications, or public presentations. If you
are uncertain if your proposed research falls within the categories listed above,
please contact the IRB at (773) 995-5078 or email@example.com for assistance.
For all research and research-related activities involving human subjects, please
download the "Application for Initial Review" under the "Forms" link at left. This
document also contains a set of application instructions, and an "Investigator Agreement"
form. Please submit an electronic copy of your application (PDF is preferred) to:
firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, please submit a signed hard copy of your application to the IRB office
in New Academic Library Room 421. Submission of both an electronic and hard copy application
is needed before the Institutional Review Board can review your application. If you
have questions concerning the submission process or the status of your application
please contact Daniel Gibboney Jr, IRB coordinator, at email@example.com or at (773) 995-5078.
Please allow up to two weeks for review and notification. Written notification will
be sent by email to the prinicipal investigator. As noted, final approval must be
received before initiating the research study.
Please note that the above specified timelines for protocol approval are contingent
upon completion and receipt of all protocol application materials including initial
application form, investigator agreement, consent forms, completion certificates,
surveys, tests, and advertisements (where applicable), approval notices from outside
institutions (where applicable) and letters of access from agencies or institutions
other than Chicago State University.