Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for the review of all research involving human subjects conducted by Viterbo University faculty, staff, and students to ensure that the rights and welfare of research subjects is protected.

All colleges and universities are required to establish an IRB in order to ensure that researchers comply with the federal regulations and ethical guidelines set forth by the Department of Health and Human Service's Office for Human Research Protections. Viterbo University has filed a Federalwide Assurance, in which we promise to comply with these regulations and guidelines. Viterbo's IRB strives not only to ensure that researchers are in compliance with federal regulations, but also more generally to foster appreciation for the ethical principles of beneficence, justice, and respect for persons. When researchers uphold these ethical principles, they honor our University's mission and core values.


1. All researchers (students, faculty, and faculty advisors) must complete the NIH Ethics Training as part of the IRB application.  The training is online and can be found under the "Training Link" tab.  Once you complete the training you will receive a certificate. Download and save the certificate to a flash drive so that you can submit is as an upload with the online IRB application.

2. To begin an application for IRB proceed to the tab "Application for IRB Approval". There will be specific instructions under this tab to help you navigate the application process. The application is online but supporting documents are needed for the application to be considered complete. A list of required documents is linked below as a pdf and  can be found under the tab "IRB Checklist".  There are several sample applications if you wish to view what an application looks like. These are located under the tab "Sample Applications". 

3. Additional materials on the website include sample forms for informed consent (IRB requires these forms), a list of committee members, and meeting dates.

 Please contact Dr. Jennifer Anderson-Meger, IRB Chair, at or 796-3722 if you have any questions or concerns.



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