Office of Research Compliance

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, which can be located here.


Resources Regarding Changes to the Human Subjects Regulations


The Office of Research Compliance will hold a training session to help faculty, staff and students with any questions they may have about the IRB review process and / or the LEO electronic IRB system. The session is scheduled for Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 10:00AM – 12:00 PM. The first hour of the session will be an abbreviated introduction to the foundations of IRB review, including regulations / OU policy, and review levels followed by a brief demonstration of the LEO electronic IRB system. The second hour will be devoted to assisting attendees seeking guidance with their protocol submissions and answering any questions regarding the IRB review process. The session will be held in RTEC 102, and will be limited to 25 attendees. RSVP is not required, but you can email to reserve a spot.

IRB Submission Procedures

IRB Meeting Schedule

Ohio University's Policy on Human Subjects Research

Office of Research Compliance Policy / Procedure Guidelines

Standard Operating Procedures

Office of Research Compliance Guidance for External Investigators

Office of Research Compliance Guideline on Internet Research with Human Subjects

Office of Research Compliance Guideline on Impaired Capacity and Consent

Office of Research Compliance Guideline on Research Document Retention and Destruction

Office of Research Compliance Guideline on External Investigators Interested in Recruiting OU Students, Faculty, and Staff

National Institutes for Health guidance on HIPAA Privacy Rule and Research 

Health and Human Services guidance on HIPAA Privacy Rule and Research

Frequently Asked Questions

Required CITI Training

Guidance on Submitting a Deferral

Guidance on Becoming a Member of an Ohio University Institutional Review Board

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