Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Who we are

Full AAHRPP Accreditation The Institutional Review Board is charged with the responsibility of protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research under the auspices of the institution with which it is affiliated. The University’s program on human research protection is based on the three basic ethical tenets of respect for persons, beneficence and justice, and the application of these tenets set forth in the Belmont Report, issued in 1979 by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research.
Georgia State University’s Institutional Review Board will apply these tenants to all human subjects research, regardless of funding.

IRB Drop-in Help (GSU faculty only)
When:  Every Wednesday from 3:15 – 5:15 p.m., January 13 – April 27, 2016
Where:  Suite 217 Dahlberg Hall
Appointments:  Faculty will be served on a first-come-first served basis during these times

The Office of Human Research Protection offers personalized, one-on-one guidance for investigators provided by the Georgia State University IRB. Help is provided with responses to revisions, formulating complicated human subject protection plans, and international research protocols.


Changes in FERPA Research Requirements
Georgia State University works diligently to maintain compliance with all federal regulations impacting the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s educational records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level.
To stay in compliance with FERPA, it is necessary for researchers at GSU to meet new requirements in their IRB applications. If you conduct human subjects research that will involve data from student educational records such as class work, grades, attendance records, communications, projects, classroom tests, standardized tests, journals, or SAT/ACT scores, even if this information is from your own classes or students, this correspondence is applicable to your research endeavors. Guidance on IRB requirements and how FERPA regulations impact your research can be found at:
Implementation of FERPA guidelines is effective July 15, 2015.

Changes to Model Informed Consent Form
A new Compensation Section has been added to the model informed consent form. All new submissions must use the new version of the model informed consent. Please see the following link to access the model informed consent form:

New Form in iRIS for Authorization Agreements
Authorization agreements are used when one institution relies on the review of another institution’s IRB. If you wish to have an authorization agreement in place, a new form is available in iRIS.

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