Institutional Review Board
The Peru State College Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with protecting
the rights and welfare of human research subjects, specifically ensuring that those
individuals participating in research are not subject to undue or inappropriate risks,
that participation remains a voluntary right, and that the conduct of research is
upheld as a privilege.
Prior to starting research involving human subjects, faculty and/or student researchers must submit their proposals to the IRB. The IRB review must find that all criteria for IRB approval are met, or grant exemption, as applicable. The IRB evaluates whether resources are adequate to protect subjects' rights and welfare.
Remember that in Nebraska, research involving people who are 18 years old and younger would need special approval since they are considered minors.
Primary Investigators and IRB members must complete training with The Collaborative
Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program). Choose the Social-Behavioral-Educational
(SBE) Basic course. This course covers the core human subjects research topics for
social-behavioral-educational researchers. You need to complete 13 modules and there
is some flexibility in choosing which modules to complete. Each module takes approximately
20 minutes. Register as an independent learner. The VPAA will reimburse you for the
charge ($129) or you can use your department purchasing card to pay for the course.
Link to CITI Training
Informed Consent Notice (coming soon)
Other Helpful Resources
The College has a subscription to Survey Monkey that can be used by faculty and students
to conduct research. Contact the VPAA for more information.
If you have questions or would like to discuss your proposal, please contact Dr. Hinrichs, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs , IRB Chair.