Updated on Jan 30, 2018
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
WCU is guided by the ethical principles regarding all research involving human subjects
as set forth in the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical
and Behavioral Research entitled, "Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection
of Human Subjects of Research: The Belmont Report".
In addition, the requirements set forth in Title 45, Part 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations will be followed for all applicable Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS) funded research and for all other research without
regard to source of funding.
New Lecture Series on US Department of Health and Humans Services’ Office for Human
Research Protections (OHRP) Website
The Division of Education and Development has launched its new Luminaries Lecture Series, featuring talks by esteemed individuals with thought-provoking insights on human
subjects research protections. The series is intended to be of broad interest to investigators
and IRB professionals, as well as anyone involved in human subjects research.
Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) mini-tutorial series
OHRP has created a series of short tutorials (15 minutes or less) that answer common
questions about the HHS human subjects regulations and related policies.
IRB Processing Time and Procedures for Submitting to the WCU IRB:
Initial review of your application will take place within three weeks of when the
IRB reviewer receives your application. You will receive an email when your application
is sent to a reviewer. Your IRB reviewer may request edits and changes to your application,
this can take an additional two to three weeks to complete. Please plan ahead and
allow at least one month for the entire review, revision, and approval process to
be completed. The IRB cannot honor requests for a "quick turnaround" or reviews completed
by a certain date.
CITI Training Requirements
Why IRB Applications are Returned
- Please click on this link, informed consent creator, to start your consent form. This is a new form to help you easily create a consent
at the proper reading level.
- Complete the form in its entirety
- You will be given the opportunity to review the form before submission
- After you preview the form, click submit
- Your consent form will be e-mailed to you as an editable Word Document
After you receive and review the document:
- Make any necessary changes, but avoid editing too much since you may increase the
- Once you are finished with the document, please complete a spelling/grammar check
on it including the reading level.
- Access the directions for Readability Set Up . The highest reading level should be at an 8th grade level.
- Attach the consent form to your IRB application and follow instructions under “Procedure
for IRB Application Approval”
Should you have any difficulties or questions, you can
contact the Institutional Review Board
contact Dr. Cheryl Monturo.
What can you do to move your research plan along the IRB process quickly!
- Utilize the Health and Human Services Human Subject Regulation Decision Charts to determine if your activity is research that must be reviewed by an IRB.
- If you have determined that your research must be reviewed by an IRB please follow
the following steps:
- Review IRB Faculty Guidelines
Submit the IRB Application Form
**This updated form is the only version of the application that the IRB will accept
(Revised Date 1-2018).
- You must submit the application as one Word document. All attachments must be converted
to Word and added at the end of the application. If you have documents that are native
PDF's (often scanned documents, and CITI certificates), please utilize the "take a
snapshot" option in Adobe PDF (found under Edit). This will allow you to drag over
an area of the document in order to copy it. Once copied, the information can then
be pasted at the end of the IRB application form.
- Within 3-4 business days of the submission of your application, you will be copied
on an e-mail which confirms that your application has been forwarded to an IRB committee
member for review. This gives you the contact information for your reviewer.
- Within three weeks, you will receive an e-mail regarding the status of your application.
If your reviewer requests revisions to your application, these revisions must be made
to your original application using the "track changes" feature in Word. If revisions
are requested, you will receive a Technical Review form (TR). Download blank form for reference . The TR form you receive will have specific instructions regarding changes that are
requested. You will have two weeks to make the requested changes or request additional
time and then the revised application can then be sent directly to your reviewer and
copied to the IRB@wcupa.edu email address.
- Once your protocol is approved you will receive three PDF documents (Final Application,
Final TR and Approval Document) and then you may begin your research. You cannot begin your research until you recieve these documents. Your protocol approval is good for one year and you must request additional time to
extend (see Exempt Protocols Only: Protocol Renewal Procedure OR Expedited & Full
Board Review Protocols Only: Federal Requirements for Continuing Review and Closure
WCU is a subscribing institution with The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative
(CITI Program). CITI provides comprehensive online training in Human Subjects Research.
All PI’s, co-PI’s, and faculty sponsors submitting a new application to the IRB are
required to create an Account with CITI and complete Human Subject Research Training. You will have two modules to choose from: Biomedical (Biomed) and Social-Behavioral-Educational
(SBE). Please choose the module that is most closely related to your research.
Please follow the instructions below in order to create your account with CITI and
begin your training: (please note, if you already have created a CITI account, please
log-in and start at #10 below
- Go to citiprogram.org and click on Register under Create an account.
- Enter West Chester University into the Select Your Organization Affiliation text box
(choose WCUPA when it appears as you type)
- Select Continue to Step 2
- Follow on-screen instructions for step 2-4
- For step 5, regarding CEU credits, please select No
- For step 6, you only need to enter the information with an asterisk
- For step #7, under Human Subject Research Courses, choose either the Biomedical or the Social-Behavioral-Educational training module.
Choose the module that most closely relates to your research **do not select the IRB members or IRB administration module**
- Other courses can be selected as desired, but are not required for IRB applications
- After all courses have been chosen, click complete registration, and then click finalize
- To begin the training, please select "Social & Behavioral Research - Basic/Refresher"
or "Biomedical Research- Basic/Refresher" from your course list. **Do not select any Responsible Conduct of Research Module**
- If you do not see "Social & Behavioral Research - Basic/Refresher" or "Biomedical
Research- Basic/Refresher" on your course list, please select "add a course or update
learner groups" and under Human Subject Research Courses, choose either the Biomedical or the Social-Behavioral-Educational training module.
Choose the module that most closely relates to your research**do not select the IRB members or IRB administration module**
- Once you pass the training, you much attach your completion report to your IRB application,
in order for the IRB to accept the certificate, the course name must read "Social
& Behavioral Research - Basic/Refresher" or "Biomedical Research- Basic/Refresher"
- If you have any questions regarding which trainings to register for, please contact:
NOTE: NIH Protecting Human Subject Research Participants’ training certificates are
no longer being accepted with new applications. However, NIH training will still be
accepted for revision and renewal applications (as long as the training has been completed
within three years).
ALL revisions to WCU IRB approved protocols (even minor revisions such as adding a
new student assistant’s CITI Human Subjects Research training completion report) must
be submitted as a formal revision to
the Institutional Review Board
for review and approval. Please follow the following steps:
- Complete the IRB application form :
- Check off Yes to I.F. and provide the approximate date of review.
- Check off Revision to I.G. and provide the Protocol ID# of the original submission.
- Highlight the revisions in the body of the application. Unchanged portions of the
application can be cut and pasted from your original application.
- E-mail the completed form (in Word format only) to
the Institutional Review Board
- In the subject line of the e-mail, should read revision application of approved protocol.
- In the body of the e-mail, clearly list your revisions by application section (number/letter
of section, or appendix documents)
Your application will be reviewed within three weeks. Failure to follow above instructions
will result in return of your application and processing delays.
To extend the time of a previously approved exempt protocol (with or without revision),
please complete and submit the regular IRB application form, in its entirety, to
the Institutional Review Board.
In the application specify I.F. Application previously considered and I.G. Renewal
(with Protocol ID#). If you have revisions to the protocol, follow the revision procedure above as well.
Please allow 3 weeks for review.
Except for human research studies that have been granted Exempt registration, Department
of Health and Human Service's Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP) regulations
requires the IRB to continually review ongoing research at intervals appropriate to
the potential risk to participants, but at least annually.
Continuing Review Process (not required for those protocols approved as "exempt".
See Exempt Protocols Only-Protocol Renewal Procedure)
- Approximately two months prior to your approval end date, you will receive a Continuing Review form .
- Complete this form even if your project has been completed or is discontinued.
- Return the form, as one word document, to
the Institutional Review Board
no later than two weeks after it is received.
- You will receive status of your continuing review within three weeks.
- Feb. 20th, 9am-10am: Mitchell Hall 207
Mar. 23rd, 12:30pm-1:30pm: Schmucker 190
- Apr. 13th, 1pm-2pm: Main Hall 213
- Slide Deck
- Workshop Flyer
IRB Drop In/Open Sessions (drop in anytime during the hour)
Mar. 27th, 1pm-2pm: BPAC 312
Apr. 19th, 10am-11am: HSC301A
More information about Drop In Sessions
- Address any questions/concerns on applications being prepared or considered
- Common Errors when submitting
- Opportunity to clarify any confusion
- Q&A with IRB Committee Members
- If there is a need to coordinate multiple IRB reviews of research that uses human
subjects from more than one State System university, please follow the PASSHE State System Policy
- 930 E. Lincoln Hwy 121
- Languages & Cultures
- Mitchell Hall 232
Meetings will be held on the following dates at 12 noon:
- February 9th; Wayne Hall Room 605
- March 2nd, Philips 3rd Floor Boardroom
- April 6th, Philips 3rd Floor Boardroom
- May 4th, Philips 3rd Floor Boardroom
Any questions regarding the IRB can be directed to: