Institutional Review Board (IRB)

All research involving human subjects must be reviewed. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) has been established for the protection and safety of human subjects and to review ongoing and proposed research. The University IRB meets monthly during the academic year. The Institutional Review Board and Fort Hays State University researchers follow the ethical principles laid out by the Belmont Report and include respect for persons, beneficence and justice. Fort Hays State University's Institutional Review Board also subscribes to the "Common Rule" for the protection of human subjects found in 45 CFR 46. The FHSU IRB reviews and approves all research protocols involving human subjects to ensure that the university and individual researchers comply with laws and national standards regarding the ethical treatment of human subjects. Researchers must receive IRB approval before research involving human subjects is conducted. Refer to the FHSU IRB Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research.

To report an adverse event involving research subjects, contact the IRB administrator at, or 785-628-4349 as soon as possible.

CITI Training Requirements

The IRB requires appropriate CITI training be completed BEFORE submitting an application to the IRB.

Create a New Application

Whether you are a FHSU Faculty member, FHSU Student, or researcher not affiliated with FHSU, there are specific procedures to follow when submitting a new IRB application. Use the linked site to complete the steps and submit your application for review.
**NEW-Updated IRB Application-USE THIS ONE**

Important Dates: Deadlines and Meeting Dates

Check this site to find the deadlines for submissions and dates of IRB meetings.

Is the activity research?

The IRB has developed a form/process to help faculty and staff determine if an activity (like a survey) meets the federal definition of “research” or if it is “not research” – e.g., certain program evaluations and quality improvement activities. 

Approved Study-Revise, Continue Review, or Close Study

Once a study has been approved you may need to make revisions, ask for an extension of the due date (continuing review), submit your final report, or close a study. Use the linked site to complete the necessary forms.

Pending Study-Modifications

If the IRB has reviewed your application and required modifications, your study is currently pending. Use the linked site to guide you through the modifications process.

Expiration Dates

The Principal Investigator (PI) is notified 90, 60, and 30 days prior to expiration of an approved study. The PI should submit their request no later than 45 days prior to the expiration date, due to the IRB meeting schedule. However, if the study is due to expire during the summer session, the PI is strongly encouraged to submit the request for continuing review in time for the IRB's last meeting of the spring semester. Expired studies will be closed by the IRB Administrator on the date of expiration. When a study is closed, all research activities must stop, including recruitment, enrollment, consent, interventions, interactions, and data collection, unless the IRB finds that it is in the best interests of individual subjects' to continue participating in the research interventions or interactions

Register for Workshops

Use this link to find and register for Workshops relating to Human Subjects Research.

Related Links

These links contain helpful information regarding IRB policies and procedures.

Appeals of IRB Decisions

If the IRB makes a decision that the investigator believes to be unduly restrictive on the proposed research, the investigator may request appeal by the full IRB committee. If the full IRB committee makes a decision that the investigator believes to be unduly restrictive on the proposed research, the investigator may submit a formal appeal in writing stating the rationale and providing any additional supporting documentation. The IRB will reconsider the appeal based upon the new information provided. The IRB's determination following appeal is final. The investigator may submit a revised protocol for consideration.

To Report a Complaint or Adverse Event

All members of the campus community involved in human subject research are expected to comply with the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in accordance with federal and state regulations and institutional policies governing the conduct of research involving human subjects.

Anything that causes concern regarding the protection of human subjects (including complaints, reports of noncompliance, unanticipated problems, or adverse events) should be promptly reported to the IRB Administrator by investigators, research participants and others. or 785.628.4349.

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