Human Subject Compliance

Research projects that use people as subjects must be reviewed by Eastern Washington University's Institutional Review Board. Please read the university's policy on human subjects.

Please turn in your application to the Grants Office in Showalter 210. If your application requires full review (not all applications do) the application submission deadline is 10 working days before the full review meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Sarah Keller, the chair of the IRB, at 359-7039, or Ruth Galm at 359-6567.


On-line training for both biomedical and social and behavioral science human subjects research is available for EWU Institutional Review Board members and researchers through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) at the University of Miami.  The training includes mandatory modules for IRB members and modules on specific topics including, but not limited to, informed consent, records based research, research with special populations, and cultural competency in research.  Please check with Ruth Galm, Human Protections Administrator, or with your faculty advisor regarding department or institutional requirements for training on human subjects in research.  All personnel conducting federally supported research involving human subjects are required to complete the training offered through CITI. 

Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Human Subject Research Training Modules

New Learner Instructions


The Institutional Review Board generally meets monthly. The meeting schedule is determined by  timely applications received for review.

If you have questions about an application or the meeting schedule, please feel free to contact the Grants office at 359-6567.  

Please make sure to provide the correct number of copies with your application. 

  • An original and two copies are needed for Exempt and Expedited applications
  • An original and fourteen (14) copies are needed for Full Board applications.

All signatures must be obtained before the application is turned in.

Spring 2014  Schedule

Friday, April 11 - 1:30 P.M. Showalter Hall, Room 2o1 - Deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 2 at 5:00 P.M. in the Grants Office

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 1:30 P.M. Showalter Hall, Room 201 - Deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 30 at 5:00 P.M. in the Grants Office

Friday,June 6, 2014 - 1:30 P.M. Showalter Hall, Room 201 - Deadline for applications is Wednesday, May 28 at 5:00 P.M. in the Grants Office

IRB Forms

You can download IRB forms as .pdf and/or Microsoft Word files. Please make sure to include the appropriate number of copies with your applications. Please also obtain all the necessary signatures before submitting the application.

 Application and Instructions for Expedited and Full Institutional Review Board Review .doc .pdf

Consent Form Writing Tips .pdf.

Consent Form Template  .pdf.

Assent Form Template .    doc.

Application and Instructions for Exemption .doc .pdf

Application for Change of Protocol  .doc  .pdf

Renewal of Approval Form  .doc  .pdf

Please return all forms to 210 Showalter Hall, or by mail: Office of Grant & Research Development, Eastern Washington University, 210 Showalter Hall, Cheney, WA 99004

Assurance for Projects for which IRB is NOT REQUIRED

Under certain conditions classroom research projects and quality improvement/quality assurance (QI/QA) projects undertaken by EWU faculty, staff, and students do not require review and approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects Research. To conduct a project without an IRB review, all of the conditions identified for the type of project to be undertaken must be met. To assure that a project is not subject to IRB review and approval, an Assurance Form must be completed and signed by the person responsible for the project and submitted to the Office of Grant & Research Development (OGRD), Showalter Hall 210, prior to conducting the project.

Submit an original and one copy. You can download the form in pdf or Word format below.

ProjectsNotRequiredForm        .pdf   doc

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