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Institutional Review Board (IRB)


To maintain familiarity with federal guidelines concerning the use of human participants in research; to review and recommend appropriate changes in institutional policies and procedures concerning the use of human participants in research; to review and make recommendations concerning proposed use of human participants in research at the institution; to ensure appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights and welfare of human participants in research; to maintain awareness of federal guidelines, policies and federal compliance.

Meeting Schedule:

The Institutional Review Board will meet on the following dates to review human subjects research proposals that require full board review (i.e. do not qualify for exemption or expedited review):

  • October 30, 2020
  • December 4, 2020
  • January 29, 2021
  • February 26, 2021
  • March 26, 2021
  • April 30, 2021

Investigators anticipating that their projects will require full board review must submit their complete proposals to no later than the Friday BEFORE the scheduled meeting date. If the Friday before the meeting date falls on a University holiday, investigators should submit their complete proposals by the last business day before the holiday. Investigators who plan to commence research over Winter Break or over the Summer of 2021 are advised to submit their proposals in time to be reviewed at the December or April meetings to avoid delays in approval, as the full board does not meet regularly outside of the regular Fall and Spring semesters.

Procedure to follow for approval of a proposed study:

1) Complete the Human Subjects Research Determination Worksheet (Determination Form). If the completed worksheet instructs you to submit your study for IRB review, continue to step 2.
2) If you have determined by completing the Determination Form that your project involves human subjects research, complete the Initial Review Form.
3) In order to be approved to conduct human subjects research, you will have to complete appropriate training as specified in Section 1 of the Initial Review Form, "Research Personnel". You can do this by going to; see "Obtaining Human Subjects Researcher Training."
4) After completing the Initial Review form, send it electronically to for review.

Obtaining human subjects researcher training:

1) Go to and click "create an account", then the "register" button.
2) Select Southeast Missouri State University as your institution; do not do the training as an independent learner.
3) Fill out the form with your personal information. Use your SE email as the primary email account.
4) Choose a username, password, and security question and answer.
5) After you have registered, you will have the opportunity to select your training via three questions. Under Question 1, choose the appropriate kind of Human Subjects Research training. For most proposals, this will be "IRB for Social and Behavioral". Under Question 2, choose appropriate Responsible Conduct of Research training; this is usually Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research course. Question 3 may be left blank unless you are working with animals. If you have questions about the courses to choose, contact the IRB at for assistance.
6) After choosing your courses, click "submit", and then choose Southeast Missouri State University Courses. Click on one of the selected courses, and you will see a list of modules to be completed.
7) Click on a module to begin training. The modules are not timed; each has a set of learning objectives and a quiz at the end. You need to complete all modules with an average score of 80% or better to complete the training successfully. You can return to any module and retake the quiz at any time before completing the course.
8) When you have completed a course, notice will be sent automatically to appropriate University personnel.


Description Forms

How do I know if my proposed study requires submission to the IRB?

Determination Form

How do I submit a research proposal to the IRB?

Initial Review Form

What should I know before beginning my submission?

Tips for IRB Proposals

How do I add the CITI Revised Common Rule Course?

Revised Common Rule Course Addition Instructions

How do I report an adverse event to the IRB?

Review & Monitoring Form

How do I submit an annual review to the IRB?

Review & Monitoring Form

How do I apply for an exemption from IRB review for a project?

IRB Exemption Application

My students are doing a class project. Should it be submitted to the IRB?

Classroom Project Checklist

How should I structure an informed consent form?

Informed Consent Template (non-medical study)

One representative and one alternate from each College, the Kent Library, and the Division of Student Services are nominated by their respective Deans and appointed by the provost for a term of three years. A non-University affiliated community member is also appointed. The Director of Research and Grant Development serves as a non-rotating, non-voting Board Member. Current members and their terms are listed below.

Board Members

2019-2021 Nick Johnston Harrison College of Business and Computing
2020-2023 Linda Garner College of Education, Health and Human Studies
2019-2021 Jennifer Bengtson, Chair College of Humanities and Social Sciences
2020-2022 Denise McAlister Holland College of Arts and Media
2019-2021 Pradeep Singh College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
2020-2023 Stephanie Hayes Kent Library
2020-2022 Randy Carter Division of Student Services
  Danna Cotner Community Representative
  Pamela Vargas Director, Office of Research and Grant Development (non-voting)


2019-2021 Quantella Noto Harrison College of Business and Computing
2020-2023 Eric Billington College of Education, Health and Human Studies
2019-2021 Laura Hatcher College of Humanities and Social Sciences
2020-2022 Ecaterina (Kate) Stepaniuc Holland College of Arts and Media
2020-2023 Emmanuel Thompson College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
2020-2023 Brad Reel Kent Library
2020-2022 Torie Grogan Division of Student Services


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