Submit an Application:

Please review the "Type of IRB Review Flow Chart" to determine which of the two Application Forms you will need to submit.  You can also read the descriptions below to see what type of review your application will require. 

To submit one of these forms to the SSU IRB, please complete the correct form that can be found by following the link below.  All of the questions on the Application Form must be answered and all appropriate attachments included (these attachments are listed on the first page of the Application Form instructions).  Please follow the instructions for how to submit the application. 

Consent Forms do not have to follow the formatting seen in the Blank Consent Form or Sample Consent Form, but the same information must be included on the Consent Form.  Please email any questions about the forms or the submission process to Dr. Edward Kehres, IRB Chair,

Exempt Review

Research projects that the principal investigator and faculty supervisor (student researchers) believes meet the qualifications for exempt status must be reviewed by the IRB Chair or his/her designee and granted such status officially before the researcher begins contacting participants or collecting data.  Exempt studies are experiments that involve no risk to the adult subjects, do not involve vulnerable populations, and/or involve the analysis of publically available data.  The researcher should submit the application and associated materials, as well as a justification for why the study should be granted exempt status.  Once the application packet has been reviewed and meets the requirements for Exempt Status, the IRB Chair will grant Exempt status to the project and notify the researcher that he or she may begin the project.  At least two weeks should be allowed for this process.  If the IRB Chair determines that the study does not qualify for Exempt status, s/he will seek further information from the researcher as necessary or submit to a second reader as an Expedited Review proposal. 

Expedited Review

The Chair of the IRB and another member of the IRB selected by the Chair may provide an expedited review of research activities that pose minimal risks to the human subjects and is a research activity included on the list of activities subject to the expedited procedures in 45CFR § 46.110. Studies that will be eligible for expedited review will involve minimal risk to subjects if the subjects are adults and not part of a vulnerable population, or no risk to subjects from a vulnerable population.  The minimal risk should include no greater risk than what is experienced during normal, everyday activities.  Any research activities afforded an expedited review will be reported to the full IRB by the IRB Chair.  At least three weeks should be allowed for this process.  If the second reader does not agree with the expedited review decision, the proposal will then be sent to the entire IRB for full review and vote at the next regular meeting. 

Full Review

The IRB Chair will provide a copy of the full application packet to each IRB committee member.  A full review will be required if the proposed study involves minimal risk to a subject from a vulnerable population or greater than minimal risk to any subject. Comments, questions, or requests for additional information will be directed to the principal investigator following initial submission and review by IRB members.  Each new proposal will be reviewed at the regular monthly meeting of the IRB.  Proposals that are being re-submitted as directed by the IRB Chair or the IRB membership will also be reviewed at the next regular monthly meeting of the IRB.  The IRB may approve, deny, or request additional information for any proposal on the agenda.  The IRB is not responsible for reviewing any submission received less than five working days prior to the regularly scheduled meeting.