Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects

Updated Guidelines (8/12/21) from the IRB Chair Regarding Face-to-Face Human Subjects Research Restart Plan.

In light of recent announcements regarding our return to campus for the fall 2021 semester, our IRB office wants to provide some updates about ongoing (but paused) and new human subjects research protocols. These updates only apply to researchers who wish to engage in research activities that involve human subjects in face-to-face (F2F) data collection or other activities. On this web page, you will find several documents (i.e., IRB Research Restart Plan; F2F Research Agreement form; Important Information About Covid-19 and Research Participation; How to—Request for Research Restart). It’s imperative that you read these carefully. These documents contain detailed information regarding our F2F human subjects research restart plan included required guidelines, forms, and procedures.

To help you get started, here’s an overview of the process:


  1. If you have an existing, approved protocol for F2F human subjects research that was paused due to the Covid-19 pandemic, you can request to restart F2F data collection and/or interaction using a Request to Restart Research form in IRBManager. This is a simple and short form. Instructions for completing the form are included in the ‘How To- Request for Research Restart’ document. More information on required guidelines for all F2F human subjects research is included in the IRB Restart Plan document.
  2. If you would like to start a new human subjects project that involves F2F interaction and/or data collection, please submit a new protocol form through IRBManager. The IRB Restart Plan document contains information on requirements for all F2F human subjects research.
  3. Regardless of whether you want to restart an existing, approved protocol or start a new protocol, you must include a completed F2F Research Agreement form in your IRBManager submission.
  4. For all F2F human subjects protocols, researchers must provide research subjects with a copy of ‘Important Information About Covid-19 and Research Participation’ document during recruitment and/or the informed consent process. The document can be shared in person or electronically.

In restarting, we offer some caveats.


  • Researchers should carefully consider whether the research activity (e.g., interviews) can/should be done in a non-F2F manner.
  • With new information regarding COVID-19 appearing near-daily, this plan is subject to change. We will continue to update the community via IUP email and our website (

We thank you for your continued dedication to the ethical treatment of human subjects.

Jen Roberts, IRB Chair

The Institutional Review Board for the Protection of the Human Subjects is the regulatory body of IUP that is responsible for the review of research that involves human participants. The purpose of IRBs nationally is to protect participants in research as well as to protect researchers conducting research involving human participants.

The information below is designed to provide a comprehensive set of resources for investigators, so that they can conduct the best possible research that meets their academic goals while safeguarding the well-being of the people who participate in their work.

Feel free to use the contact information provided to find more information or clarification. You should also feel free to provide feedback about the usefulness of this web page. The IRB at IUP is engaged in ongoing efforts to collaborate with investigators to enhance the responsiveness of IRB educational and consultative efforts.


IRBManager is IUP's new electronic submission, routing, approval, and record-keeping tool for the Institutional Review Board. This system retains the same questions from the original paper forms, but presents them in an easy to use and easy to track electronic system.

For further details, tutorials, frequently asked questions, or to log in, visit our IRBManager page.

For additional information, contact the IRB by e-mail at

IRB Guidelines

Guidelines and documents for the Institutional Review Board Protection of Human Subjects process are provided.

Narrated Overview of the IRB Process

This narrated PowerPoint presentation gives an overview of IUP's IRB process and helps researchers prepare a protocol for IRB review.

Model Protocols and Consent Forms

Sample protocols to be used as reference materials for investigators

Classroom Research

Guidelines are provided for classroom research/student research projects.

Gift Cards as Research Incentives

Gift cards may be used as research incentives but must be approved by the IRB. There are several guidelines to purchase gift cards if using IUP funds.

IRB Training

Find information about required, free online research ethics training, the National Institutes of Health’s free course on human protection in research, and video reports on various components of the IRB.

Who Serves on the IRB?

Members of IUP’s Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research

IRB Meeting Dates and Protocol Submission Deadlines for Projects Requiring Full Board Review

The dates for protocols requiring full board review are listed. Protocols that meet the criteria for exempt or expedited review may be submitted at any time. Exempt and expedited protocols will be initially reviewed and contact will be made with investigators typically within two weeks of the submission date.

Related Sites

Here is a list of additional websites with IRB information.