Institutional Review Board

IRB at Millersville University

To assist faculty and students navigate human subjects research under the current pandemic conditions, the MU iRB has prepared this FAQ. Before starting a new protocol or continuing previously approved HUman Subjects Research, please review this document.

The MU IRB reviews all human subjects research for compliance with Federal regulations. MU has adopted the Belmont Report as its statement of ethical principles. This site provides guidance to anyone planning research involving human subjects under the aegis of MU. AN ONLINE PROTOCOL FORM is provided for submission of proposals for IRB approval. Unsure if your project requires IRB approval? Start here

For a guide to writing a complete protocol, please see these examples:

Undergraduate Example 1, Undergraduate Example 2Undergraduate Example 3

Masters Example 1, Master Example 2

Doctoral Example 1, Doctoral Example 2

These are provided as examples of well-written protocols that passed committee review with limited revisions. They are clear, concise, and the research questions and methods are sound.

For additional information on informed consent, see this document and this document.  For help filling out the online form, see here.

For additional assistance: 

  • Attend an IRB Faculty Session or IRB Student Session (see below).  
  • Attend IRB Center Hours, Tuesdays from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in McNairy 502 (see below).

Use this ONLINE FORM to submit your protocol.

NOTE FOR RESEARCHERS CONDUCTING SURVEYS: Before beginning any on-campus survey research, please read the University survey research policy. Furthermore, if you ar conducting survey research on- or off- campus, you are strongly urged to use Qualtrics, the University's survey software. Qualtrics provides secure, password protected data storage and MUST be used if you are collecting personally identifying information. Finally, if you intend to advertise your survey via any University-wide mechanism, such as "Ville Daily, then you MUST coordinate with the Office of Institutional Assessment. If you have any questions, please contact Rene Munoz by email or by phone at 717.871.4457.

NOTE FOR EDUCATION RESEARCHERS:  Due to the volume of Millersville education students undertaking research in local public schools, principals and school district administrators require the MU IRB provide a full review of all protocols involving public school students. Furthermore, all protocols for school-based research requires a letter of support from the school principal or relevant administrator. This letter must accompany the protocol and must be printed on school letterhead.

All applicants for IRB approval are required to complete CITI training in Human Subjects Research.


 CITI Training now available for IRB RESPONSIBLE, CONDUCT OF RESEARCH, and IACUC.  Press the button above to set up an account or click HERE to start.


  • IRB Faculty Sessions
    IRB Faculty Sessions Fall 2020 @ 12 noon via Zoom
    • August 26
    • September 23
    • October 28 
    • November 25
    These sessions will be hosted by Dr. Ann Gaudino via Zoom.
  • IRB Center Hours
    Spring 2020 IRB VIRTUAL Office Hours
    Wednesdays, from Noon - 1:00 p.m
    Office hours will be hosted by Dr. Ann Gaudino via Zoom.
  • Meeting Dates
    Fall 2020 Meetings
    • Sept 10
    • Oct 8
    • Nov 5
    • Dec 3
  • Contact Us

    For additional information contact:

    Dr. René Muñoz, 717.871.4457