Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB)

Established in response to federal mandates resulting from the 1979 "Belmont Report" (Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research) of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, the federal regulations are "Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46."  Links to both documents may be found below.


Guidelines and Forms

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is pleased to announce the adoption of the industry leading IRBNet suite of tools, accessible via the National Research Network, bringing electronic protocol management, on-line submissions and many other important research oversight features to The University of Scranton's research community.

IRBNet and IRB meeting schedule

Beginning on April 1, 2016, all protocols (including new protocol, revisions and renewals) must be submitted electronically via IRBNet, using newly revised (03/16) forms, which can be found in the IRBnet system. IRB Applications can be found on

At this time, submissions to Departmental Review Boards (DRBs) will continue to be routed directly to DRB chairs, and protocol review will follow current DRB guidelines.  Additional information pertinent to the implementation of IRBnet for processing of DRB protocols is forthcoming. Note: If your department has a Departmental Review Board (DRB), contact your department chair for procedures.

IRB AY2019 Committee Roster & Meeting Schedule

All IRB Protocols are due seven (7) days before the meeting dates. Protocols should be submitted through IRBNet by 4:30 pm on due dates. See IRB Committee and Meeting Schedule above for due dates.

IRBNet Training:

IRBNet Training Energizers to help you get started can currently be found at the following link:

When prompted, please enter the institutional login -- Username: scranton and Password: training.  You may log in to the training system at any time to begin training.

IRBNet Training Energizers for creating a subsequent package (revisions to original, starting on page 9) can be found here

Required IRB Training:

Required IRB Training Program (CITI)

This online training program is offered to the University of Scranton community through a contract with the CITI (Collaborative IRB Training Initiative) program. Click here to read about the CITI program. University personnel and students have unlimited access, so we encourage faculty members to use this online training for Research Methods Classes.

Additional IRB Information:

OHRP - Office of Human Research Protections, DHHS Comprehensive site for all federal regulations and guidance

HIPAA - Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, DHHS Health records privacy regulations and information

Policies & Procedures Manual

Do YOU need the IRB*?
- Do you or your students use human subjects in research or class research assignments?
- Do you or your students conduct surveys with any persons or institutions outside of the University of Scranton community?
- Do you or your students use members of the University of Scranton community outside of your own classes?
- Do you or your students plan to publish the results of your project?
- Have you been contacted by any persons outside of the University who wish to use members of the University of Scranton community as research subjects?

- If you answered YES to any question above - YOU DO NEED THE IRB!

All research projects using human subjects, classroom assignments as well as individual research, must be submitted for review.  No phase of a project may begin until approval is obtained.