Ohio University

Human Subjects (IRB)

All studies that involve humans are potentially subject to federal government regulations. This includes everything from clinical trials to surveys, interviews, and observation. Any research -- including masters and doctoral projects -- that calls for participation by people must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) before the project can begin. All researchers who conduct human subjects research must complete the required CITI training.


Announcement concerning COVID-19 and human subjects research

On March 17 the Office of Research Compliance announced that human subject research involving in-person interaction with research participants should be discontinued until further notice, due to increased risk associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Institutional Review Boards have now developed guidelines for resumption of in-person human subject research.

Guidance  for Restart of In-person Human Subject Research and Restart Form

Resumption or initiation of in-person human subject research is now possible subject to the conditions stated in these guidelines, and requires submission of a Research Restart Form via a protocol amendment or new submission, to be reviewed for approval by the IRB.

Questions regarding this process can be directed to the Office of Research Compliance by email, compliance@ohio.edu or by phone, 740-593-0664.

Please be aware that details of this guidance and process may be subject to change in response to public health requirements and operational considerations.  The current university pandemic guidance and resources relevant to research and creative activity are available at the Research Division website, which includes information on COVID-19 safety training through Blackboard.


IRB Training Sessions

The IRB training sessions offered by the Office of Research Compliance are now available as pre-recorded videos. These on-demand videos are intended to provide consistent messaging and better outreach to all Ohio University campuses. We are happy to use these videos as a way to support our research community online and provide convenience and increased access to the material through closed captioning and video transcripts.

These three videos are Navigating the IRB Process, Website Overview, and LEO Demonstration. They are intended to help faculty, staff, and students with questions they may have about the IRB review process at Ohio University and the LEO IRB submission system. The videos are available at this link: https://www.ohio.edu/research/compliance/irb-training.

If you have questions or need assistance after viewing the videos, please contact the Office of Research Compliance. To request an in-person training session of the video content, please contact compliance@ohio.edu.


Need help? For more information on research involving human subjects, email compliance@ohio.edu or call 740-593-0664.