Committee on Research with Human Subjects

The Committee on Research with Human Subjects protects the rights, welfare, and well-being of subjects involved in research conducted or supported by the students and faculty of Shippensburg University and helps ensure that such research is carried out in accordance with the regulations described at 45 CFR part 46. The committee serves as the university's Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Shippensburg University has a formal agreement with OHRP to comply with the regulations pertaining to human subject protections.

All research involving human subjects and participants must be approved by The Committee. Please visit the forms and guidance link for more details.

2017-2018 Meeting Schedule

Meeting dates for full review sessions for the 2017-18 Academic Year are listed below. Full review sessions are held at 4:00 PM in Lehman Library CFEST Meeting Room (lower level, room #16). Protocols requiring full committee review must be submitted no less than one-week prior to a regularly scheduled meeting.

FALL 2017SPRING 2018
September 14
October 12

November 9
December 14 (Tentative)

February 8
March 8

April 12

During the summer, committee co-chairs will be intermittently available to review IRB applications. If the nature of your research necessitates full committee review, your application will be placed on the agenda for the first full committee meeting in the fall semester.

    How to Submit an Application to Use Human Subjects in Research:

    All protocols for research projects involving human subjects should be submitted via email to following the instructions and forms linked under "Forms & Guidance" above. Applicants must submit the completed form and ALL other necessary documentation in one email. In the subject line, write "Human Subjects Application" and identify the department with which your research is affiliated.

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    If you have questions, please direct them to the Co-Chair assigned to the college from which the research originates.

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Dept. of Social Work & Gerontology
    Office: 327 Shippen Hall
    Phone: 717-477-1267

    College of Education & Human Services, 

    College of Business, and 
    School of Academic Programs & Services

    DR. SARA GROVE, Co-Chair
    Dept. of Political Science
    Office: 420 Grove Hall
    Phone: (717) 477-1666