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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

When is IRB review required?

IRB review is required whenever an investigator who is affiliated with the institution conducts research with human subjects including the use of survey and interview procedures, the observation of public behavior, or the study of existing data, documents, records, and specimens.

Who is on the IRB?

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How often does the IRB meet?

The IRB meets monthly. The deadline for submission of materials for review at the IRB meeting is the 1st of the month.  For example, applications submitted by the 1st of September will be reviewed at the September IRB meeting. Applications for Exempt review may be submitted at any time and are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Protecting the rights of human research subjects

The role of the DU Institutional Review Board is to review and approve, when in compliance, all proposed academic research at DU or by DU faculty, staff or students to ensure that the research meets Federal standards for the safety and protection of any human subjects involved in the research.

The Institutional Research Board (IRB) for an institution is a committee mandated by Federal laws to protect the rights and welfare of the human subjects participating in research activities. Compliance is monitored by the Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The law is specific to research conducted or supported by a federal department or agency. However, a majority of research institutions voluntarily apply this regulation (45CFR46) to all academic research conducted at their site; regardless of status or source of funding. The IRB achieves its primary function, protecting the rights and welfare of subjects participating in research, by educating researchers. An educated researcher makes the IRB’s job easier. Educating researchers about the requirements assists them in complying with the regulations before problems occur.

Getting Started with Submitting a Proposal

. . . read all the FAQs and then proceed to the Forms and Procedures page. 


IRB Membership

Member Name Title Earned
Primary Scientific or Non-Scientific Specialty
Aboufadel, Kathy        Vice President for Institutional Research and Assessment B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Social Psychology 
Comden, Richard Department Coordinator, CIS B.S., M.P.A. Public Administration 
Daley, Karen Dean, College of Health Professionals B.S.N., M.S.N., Ph.D. Nursing 
Davis, Michele Executive Director of Grant Development B.A. Economics, English
Decker, Lonnie Department Chair, Networking, SIA, & MSIA B.S., M.S., Ph.D.  IT Management 
Ferluga, Kriss Faculty Course Developer for Delivery Systems, Global Campus B.A., M.A., M.H.A., Ph.D Anthropology, American Culture Studies
Goulet Crosby, Linda Associate Department Chair B.B.A., M.B.A., D.B.A. Marketing
Gunn, Susan Interim Dean, College of Urban Education B.S., Ph.D. Microbiology
Haswell, Melissa Associate Department Chair  B.S., M.S., M.A. Biology
Hayes, Emily Global Campus Librarian B.A, MLIS Library and Information Studies,
Art History
VanDermolen, Julia  External Member B.S., M.A., M.S., Ph.D Assistive Technology, Online Learning and Pedagogy/Andragogy, Cultural Competency in Health Care, Interprofessional Education in Health Care


IORG #: IORG0007076                                  FWA #: FWA00017979 
Expires: 09/22/2020                                     Expires: 09/26/2021