Research at Rivier University

Institutional Review Board (IRB)


What is the mission of the Rivier University Institution Review Board?

Research conducted by Rivier University faculty and students is overseen by the Rivier University Institutional Review Board (IRB). The purpose and mandate of the IRB is to ensure that research conducted under the auspices of the University meets ethical standards for research which are congruent with the Mission of the University, the principles set forth in the Belmont Report, and the federal requirements set forth in Protection of Human Subjects in the Code of Federal Regulations (45-CFR-46). The Rivier University IRB works to create a campus culture of respect for and awareness of the rights and welfare of human research subjects, while at the same time advancing knowledge and facilitating high quality research. 

What requires IRB approval?
All human subject research must receive approval from the IRB. There are three types of reviews for research proposals:
Full Review

What is the IRB Process?
There are several mandated steps to completing the IRB process. You must have completed training for research with human subjects. It is free through the National Institute of Health Office of Extramural Research To facilitate the IRB application process, there is an online submission system link that will guide the researcher and facilitate the IRB’s determination of what level of review is required. Be sure to review the application before to ensure you have all the required information and documents. 

Meeting Schedule
The Committee strives to review proposals in a timely manner. Exempt or expedited proposals are reviewed as they are received, and generally are approved within 10 - 14 days. Proposals requiring full review must be reviewed by the full IRB Committee which meets once a month. The meeting schedule for Fall 2017 is: Oct. 17, Nov. 21, and Dec. 19. 

Current IRB Committee Members
Dr. Karen Spohn, Chair (Business)
Dr. Karen Frenn (Nursing)
Dr. Karen Heavner (Public Health)
Dr. Melinda Luther (Nursing)
Dr. Cheryl Maykel (Education)
Dr. Angela Mousseau (Education)

IRB Status/Continuation Form
Informed Consent Checklist
Consent Form Template 
Principal Investigator Assurance