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The University of Northern Iowa is committed to ensuring that the rights and welfare of human research participants are adequately protected in all research activities. All human participants research conducted under University auspices must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).


CAYUSE IRB-Human Ethics - IRB Submission Process
All IRB applications must be submitted through Cayuse IRB - Human Ethics (“Cayuse IRB”). Cayuse IRB is a cloud-based IRB application submission and management system which streamlines all components of the IRB process. All applications, approval records, and documents will be managed through Cayuse IRB. The IRB will no long accept IRB applications using the previous PDF application and email submission. For more information about Cayuse IRB, please visit


UNI IRB Newsletter

IRB Contacts

Face-to-Face Research During COVID

IRB Members and Meetings

IRB Policies and Procedures

General Questions

Resources for Researchers



IRB Contacts


  • IRB (Institutional Review Board)

For questions concerning the UNI IRB, contact IRB Administrator Lisa Ahern -

  • Cayuse IRB - Application Support  

For questions regarding use or issues regarding the Cayuse IRB system, please contact

  • IACUC (Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee)

For questions about animal care on campus and/or the IACUC, please contact IACUC Chair David McClenahan -

  • RIO (Research Integrity Officer)

To report questionable research practices or incidences of observed or suspected misconduct, please contact the UNI Research Integrity Officer Gabriela Olivares -

  • Other

For all other questions on any topic not covered above, please contact the Director of Research and Sponsored Programs Tolif Hunt -



Face-to-Face (F2F) Research During COVID-19 


All research on campus should follow current guidelines including the UNI Covid-19 Safety Program found at Data collection off-campus must follow local public health guidance and facility requirements. If the off-campus site requires COVID-19 risk mitigation measures, these must be included on the consent form/assent form/parental permission form. 


IRB Members and Meetings


IRB Members

IRB Meeting Schedule



IRB Policies and Procedures


0.1 Required Training

0.2 Forms and Samples


I. Administration


1.1 Background and Principles
1.2 Governmental Oversight and Regulations
1.3 IRB Scope and Authority
1.4 Non-compliance
1.5 Roles and Responsibilities (Institution and IRB)
1.6 Board Composition
1.7 IRB Meetings


II. IRB Review Process and Considerations



III. After Approval


3.1 Continuing Review and Project Closure
3.2 Study Modifications
3.3 Reporting Problems and Adverse Events



General Questions


You have submitted your IRB Application. What happens next? (PDF)
Frequently Asked Questions



Resources for Researchers

Primer for Reporting Data while Maintaining Confidentiality (PDF) - This is Chapter 2 of a report by the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology that describes how to protect confidentiality and privacy of participants when reporting statistical data from research studies.

International Compilation of Human Research Standards (PDF) - The Compilation features listings of over 1,000 laws, regulations, and guidelines on human subject protections in 113 countries, as well as standards issued by a number of international and regional organizations.
International Compilation of Social & Behavioral Research Standards - This listing from the Office for Human Research Protections covers 27 social-behavioral research standards from around the world.



Questions concerning processing of IRB protocols or research projects involving human subjects should be directed to the IRB Administrator Lisa Ahern,