Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Conducting Human Subjects Research at Viterbo

  1. Determine if your research project requires IRB approval (PDF). When in doubt, ask! Proceed to the following steps if you need IRB approval.
  2. Complete the online NIH Ethics Training. All researchers involved in a project must complete the training and provide certificates of completion (good for 3 years).
  3. Download and read through the Virbatim User Guide and follow the instructions to create an account and learn how to navigate the site.
  4. Login to Virbatim to complete an application and upload supporting documents.

The IRB regularly reviews completed applications and will correspond with you through Virbatim.

Contact Dr. David Bauer, IRB Chair, at or 608-796-3712 if you have any questions or concerns.

IRB Newsletters and Updates

PDF iconirb_early_fall_update_2015.pdf

PDF iconirb_update_spring_2016.pdf

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 are 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. Researchers honor Viterbo's mission and core values by upholding these ethical principles.