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
UNI IRB Newsletter
Face-to-Face Research During COVID
IRB (Institutional Review Board)
For questions or other issues regarding the UNI IRB, contact IRB Administrator Lisa Ahern - email@example.com.
Cayuse IRB - Human Ethics Support
For questions regarding use or issues regarding the Cayuse IRB system, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
IACUC (Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee)
For all questions about animal care on campus and/or the IACUC, please contact IACUC Chair David McClenahan - email@example.com.
RIO (Research Integrity Officer)
To report questionable research practices or incidences of observed or suspected misconduct, please contact the UNI RIO, Interim Assoc VP Research & Innovation/Dean Grad College & Assoc Professor, Gabriela Olivares - firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all other questions on any topic not covered above, please contact the Director of RSP, Tolif Hunt - email@example.com.
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 https://forwardtogether.uni.edu.
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.
Please note: participants cannot be asked about their vaccination status or be required to wear masks. Researchers may encourage non-vaccinated individuals to wear masks.
IRB Members and Meetings
IRB Policies and Procedures
1.1 Background and Principles
1.2 Governmental Oversight and Regulations
1.3 IRB Scope and Authority
1.5 Roles and Responsibilities (Institution and IRB)
1.6 Board Composition
1.7 IRB Meetings
II. IRB Review Process and Considerations
2.2 Class Projects
2.3 Key Personnel - Definition, Responsibilities, and Training
2.4 Study Site Cooperation
2.5 Application and Screening Process
2.6 Review Process
2.7 Inter-Institutional Research and Unaffiliated Researchers
2.9 Risks and Benefits
2.10 Privacy and Confidentiality
2.13 Compensation of Participants
2.14 Protections for Vulnerable Populations
2.15 Research with Children and Youth
III. After Approval
3.1 Continuing Review and Project Closure
3.2 Study Modifications
3.3 Reporting Problems and Adverse Events
You have submitted your IRB Application. What happens next? (PDF)
Frequently Asked Questions
Resources for Researchers
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.
Questions concerning processing of IRB protocols or research projects involving human subjects should be directed to the IRB Administrator Lisa Ahern, firstname.lastname@example.org.