Fall 2020 Update

Fall 2020 Update: Wright State University’s Dayton and Lake Campuses plan to return to teaching for 2020 Fall Semester on August 24 with a dynamic and flexible mixture of in-person and remote courses. Read more about our Right Here. Wright State. This Fall. plan.

IRB General Information

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Wright State Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of Wright State University.

The IRB is charged with the responsibility of reviewing, prior to its initiation, all research (whether funded or not) involving human subjects. The IRB is concerned with protecting the welfare, rights, and privacy of human subjects. It has the authority to approve, disapprove, monitor, and require modifications in all research activities that fall within its jurisdiction as specified by both the federal regulations and WSU policy. 

Human subject research reviewed by the IRB may also be subject to other review and approval or disapproval by officials at WSU. However, those officials may not approve research that has not been approved by the IRB.

The WSU IRB also acts as the main IRB of record for Premier Health and the Dayton VA Medical Center.

Utilizing External IRBS for WSU Research

In certain circumstances, WSU investigators can rely on an external IRB instead of the WSU IRB for review and approval of WSU non-exempt human subject research.  However, a reliance agreement between WSU and the external entity must be reviewed and executed before by the WSU investigator can submit a study to the external IRB.

Contact Ellen Reinsch Friese for more information about this institutional process.

What is Human Subject Research?

IRB review is required for all activities that meet both the definition of research and the definition of human subject as defined below:

Research is defined as a systematic investigation, including research development, testing, and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.

Human subjects are living individuals about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains

  1. data through intervention or interaction with the individual,
  2. identifiable private information.

Intervention includes both physical procedures by which data are gathered and manipulations of the subject or the subject's environment that are performed for research purposes.

Interaction includes communication or interpersonal contact between investigator and subject (for example, surveys and interviews).

Private information includes

  • information about behavior that occurs in a context in which an individual can reasonably expect that no observation or recording is taking place, and
  • information which has been provided for specific purposes by an individual and which the individual can reasonably expect will not be made public (for example, a medical record).

Private information must be individually identifiable (i.e., the identity of a participant is associated with the information or may readily be ascertained by the investigator) in order for obtaining the information to constitute research involving human subjects.

Required Human Subjects Training

WSU requires online human subjects protection training for all researchers conducting human subject research.  Specific training requirements can be found by clicking here.  This training is available through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

While not required, IRB staff members offer in-person training sessions for classes and other groups, as well as one-on-one training. Please contact the IRB office to arrange for one of these sessions.

Contact Information

Whitney McAllister

Research & Sponsored Programs
Director, Human Research Protection Program
University Hall 374, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Jodi Blacklidge

Research & Sponsored Programs
Coordinator, IRB Compliance 1
University Hall 377, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Federal/External Regulations & Guidelines


May 4, 2020 - Updated Human Subject Research Requiremets During COVID-19 Emergency

The current administrative hold on human subject research has been revised, please revew the latest version of the Investigator Guidance for Conducting Human Subject Research During the Novel Coronavirus Emergency for more information.

New IRB Director to Start in May

Ms. Whitney McAllister has been hired to fill the Director of the Human Research Protection Program position previously held by Robyn Wilks. She most recently worked as an IRB Coordinator for Oklahoma State University. We are very excited to have her as a new research resource for investigators. Her WSU contact information will be posted below when available.

Revised Policies and Procedures

Please continue to monitor the investigator resources, SOP's and consent templates posted on the Policies, Procedures and Forms page as new/revised documents are expected to be posted May/June.