The UIS Institutional Review Board (IRB) invites UIS faculty, students, and staff interested in conducting research involving humans or using their data or biospecimens to review this site. The UIS IRB strives to help you make sure your research complies with applicable regulations, relevant ethical standards, and any legal and institutional requirements. Review the UIS Institutional Review Board Policies for answers to additional questions.

The use of human subjects in research is extremely important to the development of new knowledge in many areas. However, careful attention must be given to questions of ethics and human dignity whenever human subjects participate in research. All research involving human subjects must be formally reviewed and approved before any data are collected or human subjects are contacted.

UIS participates in the SMART IRB to facilitate the use of one institutional review board for inter-institutional human subjects research.

Policy

The UIS IRB maintains federal assurances through US DHHS OHRP:

  • Institutional Review Board Parent Institution/Organization: IORG0000852 (“University of Illinois at Springfield”), expires 10/15/2023
  • IRB00001213 (“U of Illinois at Springfield”), expires 11/01/2026
  • FWA00013968 (“U of Illinois at Springfield”), expires 11/01/2026

IRB Application and Other Forms

**Note: Applications must use current IRB forms & resources.

Research involves a ‘systematic investigation’ which generally refers to a methodical approach designed to answer a hypothesis and/or research question with a plan to systematically collect and analyze data. Formal IRB review requires the PI to include a Protocol describing the research design and methodological approach to the proposed activity. The current IRB Human Subjects Study Application includes a Protocol section. Please submit all IRB applications to Mail Stop PAC 525, Attention: Office of Research & Sponsored Programs or ora@uis.edu. Upon IRB receipt of your application, you should receive a submission confirmation and an MS LIST URL to track your application’s status.

The following e-presentation provides the basics for preparing a successful human subjects research application for UIS IRB review: IRB Application Video

Collaborative researchinternational research, and research involving vulnerable populations require additional information.


Exempt, Expedited or Full Board Review

Once you have submitted a Human Subjects Research Application, the UIS Human Subjects Review Officer will determine what level of IRB review is required for your application: exempt, expedited or full board review.

Exempt

An ‘Exempt’ determination is made after review of your UIS IRB Application.  ‘Exempt’ is defined as being exempt from further review and approval beyond the Human Subjects Review Officer or his/her designee. It does not mean that your proposed research project is exempt from being reviewed.

  1. Eight specific categories of research that meet exempt status IRB Exempt Categories and IRB Exempt Category Details
  2. The Human Subjects Review Officer reviews and applies exemption status
  3. Status does not remove requirement for informed consent

Expedited

An ‘Expedited’ determination is made after review of your UIS IRB Application.  ‘Expedited’ is defined as being exempt from further review and approval beyond the IRB Manager, or the Human Subjects Review Officer. It does not mean that your proposed research project is exempt from being reviewed and it does not define the length of time required for application review.

  1. Can be carried out by the IRB chairperson or experienced reviewers
  2. Human Subjects Review Office approves the review
  3. Expedited reviews are minimal risk to the subject and includes the same criteria as full committee reviews and continuing review is required at least annually
  4. Nine specific categories in the regulations: IRB Expedited Categories

Full-Board IRB Review 

An IRB Application with the following characteristics will require review and consideration by the full IRB Committee at a regularly scheduled meeting.

  1. More than minimal risk
  2. Concerns with confidentiality
  3. Potential conflicts of interest
  4. Complex and controversial issues or topics
  5. Protected subjects and/or vulnerable population

Is your project ‘Human Subjects Research’?

The Human Subjects Review Officer (HSRO) or designee will make the determination of whether or not your project meets the federal definition of ‘human subjects research’. Please check out the UIS Non-Research Determination infographic to determine if your study qualifies as human subjects research.  You may also review the About Research and Human Subjects webpage for further clarification on the definition of human subjects research.


Required CORE IRB Training

All investigators involved with the collection and/or analysis of human subjects research must complete training before the project can begin.  The training is free for members of the UIS community and can be completed online, following the instructions on our Required Training page.


Students and Research

Go to UIS Classroom Projects and IRB Review for additional information on IRB review for student research including course projects, capstone projects, master’s theses, and independent student research. Contact the HSRO for official IRB determination.


Deadlines

Please plan for 2-4 weeks for HSRO review, and 4-6 weeks for full board review.

IRB applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but the deadline date for application submissions that may require full Board approval is two weeks prior to the scheduled IRB monthly meeting.

The Spring 2022 meeting schedule and application submission deadlines are below  All meetings will be held on Zoom.

Spring 2022 Meeting Dates*TimeApplication Deadline for Full Board Review 
Thursday, April 21, 20223:30 – 4:15 PMThursday, April 7th
Thursday, May 19, 20223:30 – 4:15 PMThursday, May 5th

* Summer IRB Meetings can be scheduled.


Changes to OHRP Common Rule 2018

In response to the 2018 federal Common Rule revisions, there were changes to UIS policies and procedures on Human Subject Research Protection.  These PowerPoint slides provide an overview of those changes.

New EU General Data Protection Regulations may apply to your research. Please consult the University of Illinois system supplemental privacy notice for more information.


IRB Members

Chair, Human Subjects Review Officer

Lucía Vazquez, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation
MS PAC 525
University of Illinois at Springfield
217-206-8112
lvazq1@uis.edu

Staff to the Board (Indefinite)

Susan Ryherd (ex officio)
Director of Research Administration
MS PAC 525
University of Illinois at Springfield
217-206-7409
ora@uis.edu

Nick Dabbs (Staff) Program Coordinator
MS PAC 525
University of Illinois at Springfield
217-206-8578
ora@uis.edu


UIS IRB Members

John Barker (expires 12/31/2024)
Associate Professor, Philosophy
UHB 3025, Mail Stop UHB 3010
University of Illinois at Springfield
217-206-8244

Beverly Bunch (expires 12/31/2024)
Professor, Public Administration
MS PAC 420
University of Illinois at Springfield
217-206-6080

Tiffany Nielson (expires 03/31/2023)
Assistant Professor, Human Development Counseling
MS BRK 332
University of Illinois at Springfield
217-206-8521

Brandon Derman (expires 12/31/2024)
Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies
MS PAC 309
University of Illinois at Springfield
217-206-6720

Elizabeth Ribarsky (expires 12/31/2022)
Associate Professor, Communication
MS UHB 3010
University of Illinois at Springfield
217-206-8416

Tih-Fen Ting (expires 12/31/2024)
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
MS PAC 308
University of Illinois at Springfield
217-206-7876

John Transue (expires 12/31/2024)
Associate Professor, Political Science
PAC 482, Mail Stop PAC 350
University of Illinois at Springfield
217-206-8383


Resources

IRB Did You Know…?

  • how to conduct remote human subjects research – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers need to limit their face-to-face interactions. The UIS IRB has developed guidelines for using technology for human subjects research. Online Surveys UIS subscribes to Qualtrics, a powerful tool for conducting online surveys. ITS has instructions for how to use Qualtrics. Read our blog for how to conduct an online […]
  • how the UIS IRB reviews protocols – The UIS IRB has developed procedures and handouts to assist faculty in incorporating human subjects research into their class assignments. Part of the training materials for students includes a new video, “Introduction to the UIS IRB,” which gives an overview of how the UIS IRB reviews protocols. The video is also appropriate for any investigator […]

For additional explanation and instructions please view the Introduction to the IRB Presentation (PDF).  Further training materials are available in the IRB section of the Resources page.

Please contact us with your questions about the application process or the definitions of human subjects research: ora@uis.edu 217-206-7409.