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Human Subjects Compliance

Summary of Responsibility

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

Submit your application to the Office of Grant and Research Development, located at Showalter 210. If your application requires a full board review, (not all applications do) the application submission deadline is 10 calendar days before the full review board meeting (see below for the current meeting schedule). If you have any questions, contact Dr. Theresa Martin, chair of the IRB, at 359-2431, or Ruth Galm at 359-6567. IRB applications and resources are located here.


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) Program. 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. 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) Modules

Human Subject Research Training Modules

Student Training Required for Human Subjects Research Beginning Winter 2019

Effective Winter Quarter/Semester 2019, all students who intend to conduct human subjects research will be required to complete a training called Human Subjects in Research Training for Student Investigators. Students may access the CITI training by going to Create a username and password, affiliate with EWU and check the 6th option under question 1 to add the course. New learner instructions are available at

The course should take less than an hour to finish and there is a short quiz at the end of each of two modules that much be completed with an 80% pass rate. A certificate will be generated upon completion and it needs to be included with the student's IRB application. The training is a requirement for all research types including exempt, expedited and full board level research.

Since some programs and departments already require CITI training of their students that is more comprehensive than the aforementioned training (i.e., the Social & Behavioral Research Investigators series), this more comprehensive training may be used to satisfy the training requirement. However, the student's certificate of completion showing a satisfactory pass rate must now be included with the IRB application.


The Institutional Review Board generally meets monthly during the academic year.

Spring 2019 Meeting Schedule

Deadlines are for non-exempt applications requiring full review.

Friday, June 7th, 2:00 P.M. - Cheney campus Patterson 344. The deadline for application submission is Wednesday, May 29th.

Submit applications to Showalter Hall, Room 210 in the Office of Grant and Research Development.

If you have questions about an application or the meeting schedule, contact the Office of Grant and Research Development at 359-6567.

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