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 on going and proposed research. The University IRB meets monthly during the academic year, while departmental or college human subject review committees meet on a scheduled or as needed basis. 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’s 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 non-exempt research protocols involving human subjects so that the university and individual researchers comply with laws and national standards regarding the ethical treatment of human subjects. The researcher 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.

 CITI training must be completed by Principal Investigators (faculty and students), faculty supervising research, and all members of the research team PRIOR to submitting an application.  Researchers will need to register to create an account, when doing so, please select Fort Hays State University from the list of participating Institutions.  Please follow the instructions, found below under CITI Training Information.  Studies for exempt, expedited or full review must be submitted electronically through IRBNet. IRBNet is the electronic submission, management, and administration program for Fort Hays State University's Human Departmental Subjects/Ethics Committees and the University Institutional Review Board. It must be utilized for the submission of new and continuing applications packages for all types of review (i.e., exempt, expedited and full review). New protocols, revisions, continuations, modifications, final reports, etc. will not be accepted on paper or by e-mail. Follow the instructions below. PLEASE USE THE NEW FORMS, WHICH ARE AVAILABLE IN THE IRBNET DOCUMENT LIBRARY (8/1/12)

DO NOT REQUEST A DEMO VIA IRBNet; this is not a training application and does not pertain to your proposal! If you have any questions, or would like to schedule in-person training, please email or call  785-628-4349.


Instructions for new user registration

Instructions for FHSU students (registration)
Use with the new user registration Instructions

Create a New Study slide show
For faculty and student researchers

Instructions for FHSU students (create a new study)
Includes helpful information for faculty supervising student research - PLEASE USE THE NEW FORMS POSTED IN THE IRBNET LIBRARY!

Instructions for FHSU faculty and staff researchers

Instructions for Chairs (Departmental or Departmental Review Committees)

Instructions for researchers not affiliated with FHSU
PLEASE NOTE: The FHSU application form (located in the IRBNet system) MUST be used. You may attach documentation from your own institution but you will need to complete  and submit the FHSU form for your proposal to be reviewed.

Instructions for Modifications
The study has been reviewed but the IRB requires modifications prior to approval

 Instructions for Revisions
The researcher requests revisions to a study that has been approved

Instructions for Continuing Review and Final Reports
The researcher has completed the study or is requesting approval to continue the research after the expiration date. Researchers will be notified of upcoming expiration dates. Follow these instructions to close the study or to request a continuing review. The IRB can approve studies for up to 1 year. Researchers must request a Continuing Review if the research activities; will continue after the expiration date. Use this form; if the only change is an extension of the expiration date. Follow the instructions for revisions for all other changes.

IRB Training and Credentials in IRBNet - NEW
These instructions cover uploading, updating and  and submitting your training and credentials in your User Profile, and  link project credentials to a submission.

Tips for IRB Submissions
Some useful information!

CITI Training Information - IMPORTANT
 Effective January 1, 2014 the FHSU IRB requires completion of  CITI training prior to submitting an application to conduct research. Principal Investigators (faculty and students), faculty supervising student research, and all members of the research team MUST complete CITI training BEFORE submitting an application to the IRB.

Click here to Register for IRB Workshops sponsored by the Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects!

IRB Deadlines and Meeting Dates

Deadline for Submissions
June 16, 2014
August 11, 2014
September 08, 2014
October 06, 2014
November 10, 2014
December 01, 2014
January 12, 2015
February 01, 2015
March 02, 2015
April 06, 2015
May 04, 2015

IRB Meeting Date
June 26, 2014
August 21, 2014
September 18, 2014
October 16, 2014
November 20, 2014
December 11, 2014
January 22, 2015
February 12, 2015
March 12, 2015
April 16, 2015
May 14, 2015

 * PLEASE NOTE!!  The IRB does not schedule monthly meetings during the summer! Research proposals requiring a full review may take longer to review or to be approved during the summer as there may only be one IRB meeting. Research that is eligible for exempt determination or expedited review that does not require a convened board meeting may not be effected by the summer schedule.

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

Other Items of Interest

Department of Health and Human Services Office for Human Research Protections 

International Compilation of Human Research Standards
Reference for  international research

Educational Videos from the Office for Human Research Protections! 
Topics include informed consent, unanticipated problems, adverse events and more!

The Belmont Report 

NIH Protecting Human Subjects Training (free, and self-paced)
Some departments require students to attach the completion certificate to the proposal


Informed Consent Requirements

IRB Approval Requirements