Human Subjects Research

The BSU Human Subjects Committee [Institutional Review Board (IRB)] approval is for the purpose of securing approval to administer surveys, interviews, etc. to human subjects. Approval must be secured before the survey/interview is administered. All Human Subjects approval forms and attachments must be typed.

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Please read Policies and Procedures for the Use of Human Subjects in Research prior to completing forms.

The BSU Human Subjects Committee has mandated that any BSU/NTC student, faculty, and staff who will conduct human research will need to complete and include in the Human Subjects proposal packet a Certificate of Completion of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)  [CITI Program Instructions]. If you completed the training with NIH previously, you would not need to retake the training; however, you would need to provide a Certificate of Completion. The student will only need to take the FREE training once while attending BSU. All BSU faculty and staff who act as a sponsor/advisor must also provide a Certificate of Completion. They will need to re-take the training every five years.

When do you need IRB approval?

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  • Should you have changes to your protocol, consent forms, or any supportive materials (such as advertisements, questionnaires, surveys, etc.) AFTER approval has been given on your initial proposal, please complete the Protocol Change Form, secure the appropriate signature(s), and submit along with revised research documents. All changes must be highlighted.

Submit all completed Human Subjects packets to the School of Graduate Studies in Deputy Hall 111. Should you have questions, contact the School of Graduate Studies (; 218-755-2027, toll free: 888-386-8464) and reference “Human Subjects Question” in the subject line.