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Institutional Review Board

The Waynesburg University Institutional Review Board (IRB) safeguards all human research subjects by ensuring that their rights, safety, and well-being are protected. The committee also provides researchers with timely review and monitoring of their human research projects.

The University’s IRB is guided by the principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice, as set forth in the Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research (The Belmont Report).  Please contact the IRB Administrator Barbara Kirby at with any questions.

IRB Policies and Procedures

Protection of Human Research Subjects Policy
View the policy here

Research or Activities Exempt from IRB Review
View here

Do I need an IRB?
Use this tool to understand the IRB process and determine if you need IRB approval.

Application Category Decision Tree
Use the Application Category Decision Tree to determine the appropriate IRB application.

Protecting Human Research Participants Online Training
Required for Principal Investigators and researchers who come in contact with human subjects. CITI or PHRP Online Training fulfill this requirement.
Visit the PHRP site