Committee: Institutional Review Board


Five faculty members (one from each college), one member representing psychology, one non-scientist, one community member and the committee chair. The Dean of Graduate Studies and Research serves as an ex officio member. Faculty representatives are appointed to the IRB for three years (including the Chair), on a staggered basis with replacement of one-third of the board each year. The Chair must have had at least one year’s experience as a member of the IRB before appointment to the Chair position. Members may serve two consecutive terms. The community member is appointed on a yearly basis and may be reappointed as necessary.


This committee serves as the Institutional Review Board for all research carried out by NSU faculty, staff and students. All research proposals involving human subjects are submitted to IRB prior to the initiation of such research for review or certification of exemption from 45CFR46 in compliance with federal law and regulations concerning protection of human subjects. The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications or disapprove the proposed research. Expedited review of proposals may occur at the discretion of the committee chair. The IRB will review each proposal in regard to risks to human subjects, selection of human subjects, informed consent, protection of privacy of subjects, confidentiality, and protection of the rights and welfare of at risk and vulnerable groups. This committee reports to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.


Monthly or as called by the chair. Minutes are sent to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.