Institutional Review Board (IRB)

All research involving human subjects must be reviewed. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) has been established for the protection and safety of human subjects and to review ongoing and proposed research. The University IRB meets monthly during the academic year.  The Institutional Review Board and Fort Hays State University researchers follow the ethical principles laid out by the Belmont Report and include respect for persons, beneficence and justice. Fort Hays State University‚Äôs Institutional Review Board also subscribes to the "Common Rule" for the protection of human subjects found in 45 CFR 46. The FHSU IRB reviews and approves all research protocols involving human subjects to ensure that the university and individual researchers comply with laws and national standards regarding the ethical treatment of human subjects. Researchers must receive IRB approval before research involving human subjects is conducted. Refer to the FHSU IRB Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research.

To report an adverse event involving research subjects, contact the IRB administrator at, or 785-628-4349 as soon as possible. 

CITI Training Requirements

The IRB  requires appropriate CITI training be completed BEFORE submitting an application to the IRB.

Create a New Application

Whether you are a FHSU Faculty member, FHSU Student, or researcher not affiliated with FHSU, there are specific procedures to follow when submitting a new IRB application.  Use the linked site to complete the steps and submit your application for review.

Important Dates:  Deadlines and Meeting Dates

Check this site to find the deadlines for submissions and dates of IRB meetings.

Approved Study-Revise, Continue Review, or Close Study

Once a study has been approved you may need  to make revisions, ask for an extension of the due date (continuing review), submit your final report, or close a study.  Use the linked site to complete the necessary forms. 

Pending Study-Modifications

If the IRB has reviewed your application and required modifications, your study is currently pending.  Use the linked site to guide you through the modifications process.

Register for Workshops

Use this link to find and register for Workshops relating to Human Subjects Research.

Related Links

These links contain helpful information regarding IRB policies and procedures. 

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