Institutional Review Board

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 (including course projects, capstone projects, master’s theses, and independent student research) must be formally reviewed and approved before any data are collected or human subjects are contacted. Formal review requires the PI to include PROTOCOL (Research Design) information in the Human Subjects Application that describes:

  • what the researchers want to do,
  • why the research is necessary,
  • who is in the target recruitment population,
  • how the project will be completed, including methods for data collection, management, and analysis, and
  • where results will be disseminated; e.g., publication, presentation, data sharing, etc.

Contact the Human Subjects Review Officer HSRO for clarification on the definition of human subjects research.

Decision Tool: Am I Doing Human Subjects Research?

Types of Applications

Human Subject Applications should be submitted to Mail Stop PAC 525, Attention: Office of Research & Sponsored Programs or The level of review required for each application (exempt, expedited, or full IRB review) will be determined by the UIS Human Subjects Review Officer.

Collaborative research, international research, and research involving vulnerable populations require extra information. Be sure to use the CURRENT forms, templates, and checklists area of this webpage.

Please use the Informed Consent Template available at forms, templates, and checklistsUnless a waiver is requested, subjects must be informed before they can consent to participate in the research.

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

Required 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.

Human Subjects Research

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

In response to the newly revised federal Common Rule, the UIS policies and procedures on Human Research Protection are changing.  These PowerPoint slides on the overview of those changes are for the UIS Faculty Development Workshop held on Oct. 22, 2018.

YouTube lecture

New EU General Data Protection Regulations may apply to your research. Please consult the University of Illinois system supplemental privacy notice for more information. This article describes the GDPR implications for secondary research, such as public clinical trial data.

External IRB Resources

Office for Human Research Protections

Belmont Report

Declaration of Helsinki

Chastain, G., & Landrum, R.E. (1999). Protecting Human Subjects.  Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association.

Sales, B.D., & Folkman, S.  (2000).  Ethics in Research with Human Participants. Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association.



Please be advised that we accept applications 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 Fall 2020 meeting schedule and application submission deadlines are posted below. All meetings will be held on Zoom.

Spring 2021 Meeting Dates Time Application Deadline for Full Board Review 
Jan. 25, 2021 1:00 – 3:00 PM Jan. 11, 2021
Feb. 15, 2021 1:00 – 3:00 PM Feb.  1, 2021
Mar. 22, 2021 1:00 – 3:00 PM Mar. 8, 2021
 Apr. 19, 2021   1:00 – 3:00 PM Apr. 5, 2021
May 24, 2021 1:00 – 3:00 PM May 10, 2021



IRB Application Status Board

Check the status of your IRB application by viewing this Excel spreadsheet (UIS community only)

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. Note that the new EU General Data Protection Regulation may apply to your research.  Please consult the University of Illinois system GDPR Information page, which contains a section for Researchers.

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


The UIS IRB is authorized by a Federal-wide Assurance for the Protection of Human Subjects, #FWA00013968, through 12/13/2021.  UIS participates in the SMART IRB. Our Human Research Protections Policy is available on our Policy page.

IRB Members

Chair, Human Subjects Review Officer

Lucía Vazquez, PhD

Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation
MS PAC 525
University of Illinois at Springfield

Staff to the Board (Indefinite)

Susan Ryherd (ex officio)
Director of Research Administration
MS PAC 525
University of Illinois at Springfield

Faculty Members

John Barker (expires 12/31/2021)
Associate Professor, Philosophy
MS UHB 4037
University of Illinois at Springfield

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

Tih-Fen Ting (expires 12/31/2021)
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
MS PAC 309
University of Illinois Springfield

John Transue (expires 12/31/2021)
Associate Professor, Political Science
MS PAC 451
University of Illinois at Springfield

Frances Shen (expires 12/31/2022)
Associate Professor, Psychology
MS UHB 3144
University of Illinois at Springfield

Alternate Members

Dorine Brand (expires 12/31/2021)
Associate Professor, Public Health
MS PAC 309
University of Illinois at Springfield

Beverly Bunch (expires 12/31/2021)
Professor, Public Administration
MS PAC 420
University of Illinois at Springfield

Brandon Derman (expires 12/31/2021)
Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies
MS PAC 309
University of Illinois at Springfield

Tiffany Nielson (expires 12/31/2022)
Assistant Professor, Human Development Counseling
MS BRK 332
University of Illinois at Springfield


Community Representative (Term)

 Amy Rasing  (expires 12/31/2023)