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Human Subjects (IRB) Approval

Human Subjects (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" prior to completing forms.

The BSU Human Subjects Committee has mandated that any BSU student, faculty, or 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 Instructions). 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; the faculty/staff will need to re-take this training every five (5) years.

CITI currently offers full support for four browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Effective March 2015, CITI Program's website will block use of Internet Explorer version 7, which is now more than 8 years old, as it does earlier versions of IE. Site users will need to have IE 8 or later, or use a current version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.

  • 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. Should you have questions, please contact the School of Graduate Studies (; 218-755-2027, Toll Free: 888-386-8464).