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Academic Affairs

Institutional Review Board

Columbus State University promotes and supports human research. Basic tenets of human research are voluntary participation and the ethical treatment of the subjects in the research process. The basic ethical principles are defined in the Belmont Report. The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) defines the basic rules by which research should be evaluated (45 CFR 46). The purpose of the IRB is to ensure that the rights and welfare of all human subjects are protected.

NOTE: To reflect changes made to the Common Rule (45 CFR 46, subpart A), the CSU IRB has modified its Policies, Procedures, Application, and Forms.  These changes are effective October 1, 2017.   Older versions of the Application and Forms are no longer accepted for submission.  Please always download copies of the current documents and forms from this website. 

How to complete and submit an application:

  1. Carefully read all CSU IRB Policies.  Failure to follow policies and procedures may lead to significant delays in the processing of your application. 
  2. Complete the Human Research Application. (If you are a student or you are not affiliated with CSU, then you must list a CSU faculty member as the Co-PI.)
  3. Create the Addendum composed of all supporting materials. All supporting materials should be a merged into one PDF or Word file separate from the Application.
    1. Human subject research training certificates for every member of the research team. If you need to complete the training, the NIH Office offers a free training course.
    2. Copies of all recruitment materials (print and electronic).
    3. Complete the Informed Consent template if applicable.  For internet surveys and other web-based projects, complete the Web-based Informed Consent template.  For additional IC templates see the Additional Forms section below. 
    4. Obtain a Letter of Cooperation on institutional letterhead from each off-campus site if applicable.
    5. Copies of all research measures, protocols, and instruments.
  4. Complete the Application Checklist to verify all necessary elements are completed/included.  It is not necessary to submit this checklist to the IRB.
  5. Email the completed application as an attachment and the addendum as a second attachment to from the researcher's CSU email account.  Students must copy (cc) their supervising faculty member on all correspondence with the IRB.

Visit the FAQ page for additional information related to completing an application and addendum, modifying approved research, and concluding approved research.

Additional Forms


Making Changes to Ongoing Research:

  • Project Modification Form- If supporting materials are required for the modification request, all documents should be merged into one Addendum document and submitted with the modification form as a separate attachment.  


Average Processing Times (as of 9/14/17)

  • Exempt Protocols are 5 days
  • Expedited Protocols are 15 days

Please note that processing times will be slower during the summer, and that the IRB is closed during all CSU holidays or breaks.  

Annual Reports

If you have any questions, contact the CSU IRB: