Institutional Review Board
IRB at Millersville University
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 FORM is provided for submission of protocols for IRB review.
- Unsure if your project requires IRB approval? Start here.
- For a discussion of levels of human subject review, look here.
- For a discussion of the Federal definition of research, look here.
- Graduate Nursing students may want to begin by reading this article on IRB determinations regarding quality improvement projects.
For a guide to writing a complete protocol, please see these examples:
Undergraduate Example 1, Undergraduate Example 2, Undergraduate Example 3
Masters Example 1, Doctoral Example 1, Doctoral Example 2
Please use this template as a guide for writing your informed consent. For additional information on informed consents see this document and this document.
For additional assistance:
- Attend an IRB Faculty Session or IRB Student Session (see below).
- Attend IRB Center Hours, Wednesdays 12:00-1:00pm via Zoom
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 (Requires Login). Furthermore, if you are 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, " 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 to 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 is now available for IRB RESPONSIBLE, CONDUCT OF RESEARCH, and IACUC. Press the button above to set up an account or click HERE to start.
PROTOCOLS MAY TAKE UP TO 30 DAYS TO REVIEW AND APPROVE. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY.
IRB Faculty Sessions
IRB Faculty Sessions Academic Year 2023-2024 TBD
IRB Faculty Session through CAE: TBD
IRB Center Hours
Academic Year 2023-2024 IRB Office HoursOffice hours will be hosted by Dr. Dawn LambertWednesdays 12:00-1:00 pm via Zoom https://millersville.zoom.us/7178714335
Other times as arranged by email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Zoom or in-person)
IRB Faculty Sessions Academic Year 2022-2023 (Zoom or in-person)Thursdays:
- September 1, 2022
- September 22, 2022
- October 20, 2022
- November 17, 2022
- December 1, 2022
- January 26, 2023
- February 16, 2023
- March 16, 2023
- April 20, 2023
- May 4, 2023
For additional information contact:
Dr. René Muñoz, 717.871.4457