To maintain familiarity with federal guidelines concerning the use of human participants in research; to review and recommend appropriate changes in institutional policies and procedures concerning the use of human participants in research; to review and make recommendations concerning proposed use of human participants in research at the institution; to ensure appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights and welfare of human participants in research; to maintain awareness of federal guidelines, policies and federal compliance.

Procedure to follow for approval of a proposed study:

1) Complete the Human Subjects Research Determination Worksheet (Determination Form). If the completed worksheet instructs you to submit your study for IRB review, continue to step 2.
2) If you have determined by completing the Determination Form that your project involves human subjects research, complete the Initial Review Form.
3) In order to be approved to conduct human subjects research, you will have to complete appropriate training as specified in Section 1 of the Initial Review Form, "Research Personnel". You can do this by going to; see "Obtaining Human Subjects Researcher Training."
4) After completing the Initial Review form, send it electronically to for review.

Obtaining human subjects researcher training:

1) Go to and click "create an account", then the "register" button.
2) Select Southeast Missouri State University as your institution; do not do the training as an independent learner.
3) Fill out the form with your personal information. Use your SE email as the primary email account.
4) Choose a username, password, and security question and answer.
5) After you have registered, you will have the opportunity to select your training via three questions. Under Question 1, choose the appropriate kind of Human Subjects Research training. For most proposals, this will be "IRB for Social and Behavioral". Under Question 2, choose appropriate Responsible Conduct of Research training; this is usually Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research course. Question 3 may be left blank unless you are working with animals. If you have questions about the courses to choose, contact the IRB at for assistance.
6) After choosing your courses, click "submit", and then choose Southeast Missouri State University Courses. Click on one of the selected courses, and you will see a list of modules to be completed.
7) Click on a module to begin training. The modules are not timed; each has a set of learning objectives and a quiz at the end. You need to complete all modules with an average score of 80% or better to complete the training successfully. You can return to any module and retake the quiz at any time before completing the course.
8) When you have completed a course, notice will be sent automatically to appropriate University personnel.


Description Forms
How do I know if my proposed study requires submission to the IRB?
Determination Form
How do I submit a research proposal to the IRB?
Initial Review Form
What should I know before beginning my submission?
Tips for IRB Proposals
How do I report an adverse event to the IRB?
Review & Monitoring Form
How do I submit an annual review to the IRB?
Review & Monitoring Form
How do I apply for an exemption from IRB review for a project?
IRB Exemption Application
My students are doing a class project. Should it be submitted to the IRB?
Classroom Project Checklist
How should I structure an informed consent form?
Informed Consent Template (non-medical study)


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