Institutional Review Board

To ensure that research accomplished by students, staff, and faculty under the auspices of the university is in compliance with federal regulations related to the protection of privacy, safety, health, and welfare of persons who are subjects in that research.

Midwestern State University places special importance on a faculty member’s commitment to quality teaching, scholarship, and service to the university, the community, and the profession. As part of the scholarship component, students, both graduate and undergraduate, are encouraged to engage with their teachers in research as part of their Midwestern State University experience. Research is therefore viewed as a means for both enhancing teaching and learning, and for developing and promoting Midwestern State University. Because faculty and students of the university may utilize human subjects from time to time in conducting research, safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects is of prime concern to Midwestern State University. All personnel engaged in any given study are accountable for any actions or inactions that might contribute to injury of any persons placed at risk.The university will maintain such reviews as necessary to minimize the risks of injury to human subjects and to insure protection of their rights and welfare. The fundamental responsibilities outlined above are meant to suggest a preventive attitude with respect to potential injury to human subjects at risk.

Principal investigators may complete free online NIH training as preparation to conduct research with human subjects. Trainingtakes approximately one to two hours. Certificates are awarded for completion.

The course is available at:

Graduate students and faculty seeking external grants are especially encouraged to complete the training.

Please consult the MSU Policy Manual for complete descriptions of University policies.


IRB Protocol Application

For all proposal applications, download and complete the appropriate forms, and submit one printed (signed) copy, and one disk or e-copy.


Forward them to the IRB member from your college identified to the left.

All applications must be prepared on a word processor; no hand written applications are accepted.

Each application must have the appropriate signatures indicating that the proposal has been read, reviewed, and approved within the originating department and college and that the proposal conforms to accepted practical and ethical standards of the discipline. This must occur prior to submission for IRB consideration.

Applications requesting "Exempt" status are processed as received. Please allow 2 to 4 weeks for review and response.

Applications requesting "Expedited" status are processed as received. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for review and response.

Applications requesting full review are considered and commented on by all members of the IRB. In some instances the committee will call a special meeting for consideration of individual proposals. Please allow up to eight weeks for review and response.

Notification of approved proposals will be by e-mail. Please ensure your e-mail, or your supervisor's e-mail address is listed on the documents submitted.