Illinois State University is committed to protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research investigations under the authority of the university. All research involving human subjects is to be conducted in accordance with relevant federal regulations and University policy. Federal regulation requires that all institutions receiving federal funds, which conduct research using living humans as subjects, establish and operate an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure the protection of these human subjects.
ISU-Based Changes Still Effective January 19, 2018 :
As of January 31, 2018, all new protocols, as well as modifications or continuations of existing protocols, must be made through Cayuse IRB. IRBNet will remain active until June 30, 2018 to facilitate the transition of existing protocols ("legacy protocols)" to Cayuse IRB.
Any research involving the use of human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the IRB.
Research means any systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.
A human subject is a living individual about whom a research investigator (whether faculty, staff or student) obtains: (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual or (2) identifiable private information or records.
Program reviews and assessments, student-led research, or similar activities that will not be disseminated beyond the classroom or university-sponsored research symposium do not meet the definition of human subjects research and do not require IRB review. NOTE: If a student has not received IRB approval for the project, the data cannot be used later for a thesis, dissertation, or any scholarly publication or presentation.
All of the following research activities involving human subjects are subject to the review and approval of the IRB:
Only ISU faculty members, faculty associates or staff can act as the Principal Investigator on a protocol. All requests to modify or continue a protocol must come from the PI.
IRB review and approval of international research involves a number of challenges, including local laws and customs, translation of consent and research materials, and the security of subjects and data.