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**Covid-19 Notice: Currently WIU does not have any restrictions on human subjects research taking place in-person. We are asking researchers to abide by any policies that may be in effect at WIU or where the research is taking place, i.e. WIU polices and WIU travel policies, private businesses, schools, etc. We are also asking researchers to practice social distancing and respect the decision of participants regarding whether or not they feel comfortable participating in in-person research. This is subject to change at any time if we get further guidance from WIU, the State or Federal level.

Any approved protocols that need to change procedures regarding data collection methods must submit a modification to irb@wiu.edu . The modification form is available on our website, Modification Form.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The IRB is organized under the Provost and Academic Vice President in the Office of Sponsored Projects. The IRB acts according to policies set forth by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that relate to the ethical standards of research involving human subjects (45 CFR 46).  Every five years, or as needed, the IRB files a federal wide assurance with the Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) that ensures that WIU is adhering to the federal guidelines as outlined by HHS. Compliance with these federal regulations not only safeguards human subjects and the institution sponsoring the research project, but also protects the researcher.

The charge of the IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research. The IRB is responsible for reviewing and monitoring all research that involves the participation of human subjects to ensure that research investigators are supporting the institution’s mission to engage in ethical conduct of scientific inquiry.

The membership of the IRB, appointed by the Provost, is composed of eleven members representing WIU faculty, staff and administrators, and community representatives.  The Chair is an experienced faculty member, appointed by and responsible to the Provost. The committee makes an effort to preserve diversity by appointing scientists, nonscientists, and representation from various areas of expertise. The committee makes an effort to safeguard research integrity by staying current with applicable laws and regulations and applying knowledge of special populations such as children, prisoners, or disabled persons.

These due dates apply only to protocols that involve enough risk to require a Full Board Review . All other protocols are reviewed on a rolling basis. If your protocol is selected for Full Board Review, you will be notified via email approximately a week before the meeting date.


IRB Meeting Info

Materials for Full Board Review are due to the Office of Sponsored Projects no later than 2 weeks prior to the meeting date . The Compliance Specialist will review your protocol before it is added to the meeting's agenda. If any revisions are requested for your protocol those revisions need to be received 1 week prior to the board meeting or your protocol will not go to that month's board meeting. Please keep this in mind and submit with plenty of time. 

Meeting times: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Virtual via Zoom


Fall Semester:

  • September 25, 2023- Materials to be submitted for Full Board Review no later than 9/11/2023.
  • October 23, 2023- Materials to be submitted for Full Board Review no later than 10/09/2023.
  • November 27, 2023- Materials to be submitted for Full Board Review no later than 11/13/2023.

Spring Semester: 

  • January 22, 2024- Materials to be submitted for Full Board Review no later than 1/8/2024.
  • February 26, 2024- Materials to be submitted for Full Board Review no later than 2/12/2024.
  • March 25, 2024- Materials to be submitted for Full Board Review no later than 3/11/2024.
  • April 22, 2024- Materials to be submitted for Full Board Review no later than 4/8/2024.

IRB Members

Members Title Department Position Term
Gary Daytner Ph.D. Educational Studies Associate Professor, IRB Chair July 2022 - June 2025
Aimee Anderson M.S.   Community Member July 2022 - June 2025
Tamara Bories Ph.D. Kinesiology Associate Professor July 2021 - June 2024
Patricia Eathington DNP Nursing Interim Director October 2023 - June 2026
Lora Ebert Wallace Ph.D. Sociology Professor  July 2022 - June 2025
Colin Harbke Ph.D. Psychology Professor July 2021 - June 2024
Barry McCrary Ph.D. Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Associate Professor July 2021 - June 2024
Mette Soendergaard Ph.D. Biochemistry Assistant Professor July 2022 - June 2025
Steve Radlo Ph.D. Kinesiology Associate Professor, IRB Alternate July 2021 - June 2024
IRB Administrator   Office of Sponsored Projects Compliance Specialist Continuous

If you have questions, please contact the Compliance Specialist via the following phone number and address or via e-mail at IRB@wiu.edu.

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