Institutional Review Board (IRB)
IRB Chairperson: W. Jerome Hauselt, PH.D.
Office: Engleman Hall, Wing A, Room A110 A - B
Phone: (203) 392-5243
FAX: (203) 392-5221
Before continuing to navigate through the IRB website, please read through the IRB Bulletins webpage for updated news regarding the IRB application that will be effective January 19, 2018!
The Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for safeguarding the rights and welfare of human participants in research. The IRB subscribes to the basic ethical principles for the protection of human participants in research that underlie The Belmont Report, and adheres to federal regulations published in The Federal Register, codified at Title 45 part 46, and to the terms of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Research Protections' Federalwide Assurance for the Protection of Human Subjects.
The IRB Purview:
The IRB's purview extends to: (1) all human research conducted by SCSU faculty, students, staff, administrators, or others who wish to conduct research under the auspices of SCSU; (2) all human research conducted on the SCSU campus or in cooperation with other research agencies and sites, regardless of whether the project is funded externally, internally or receives no funding support.
Investigators who wish to submit an Application for Human Research Review must first complete an online tutorial and enclose: 1) a recent (within past three years) completion certificate with their application; and 2) a signed SCSU IRB Education Certificate. The Education Certificate may be found within the application packet.
The SCSU IRB is currently using the National Institutes of Health NCI Human Participant Protections for Research Teams course at:
Completion of the appropriate Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) curriculum may be substituted for the NIC tutorial. An indicator of recent (within past three years) completion must accompany the IRB review application.
Institutional Review Board:
The IRB, through human research protocol review, assures that: (1) anticipated risks to human research participants are balanced by benefits to the individual and society; (2) selection of participants is just and equitable; (3) research designs are appropriate to protect human research participants; (4) anonymity, privacy, and confidentiality of participants is not compromised; and, (5) when applicable, research participants have given knowledgeable, voluntary and autonomous consent to take part in the research.
The IRB reviews all new research project protocols, project continuances, and revisions in approved research, and renders decisions regarding: (1) exemption from IRB review and review level; (2) the need for protocol modification; (3) protocol approval; and, (4) protocol disapproval. In order to submit an application to the IRB for review, the investigator must first complete the NIC tutorial and then submit an IRB Application Packet for Human Research Review. This packet provides an interactive application form and detailed instructions regarding how to fill it out.
IRB Application Packet for Human Research Review:
Instructions for forms completion and the IRB application forms may be found online. The address below will take you to the IRB Instructions and Forms Selection Page. Under IRB Application Packet for Human Research Review please select "Application Instructions." Please print these instructions and use them as a reference for completing the IRB forms. Once you have printed the instructions you may return to the IRB and select "Application Forms." Please follow all instructions on the forms and be sure to complete the IRB Tutorial prior to inserting your material.
At SCSU, student human research participant activities which are completed in partial fulfillment of requirements for a course may only need to be submitted to the course instructor for approval prior to the collection of data, provided the instructor has an approved Course Instructor Certification Form on file with the SCSU RPP. Applications for course instructor certification may be obtained on line at:
SCSU welcomes investigators from external agencies who wish to conduct human participant research on the SCSU campus with SCSU students, faculty, staff and administrators. Depending on the level of external research involvement, investigator responsibilities will vary. Please see External Investigator Responsibilities online here.