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Help With Human Subjects Review

The Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs provides administrative oversight to the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects, its Executive Committee, and its chair. The IRB's function is to review research protocols for the use of human subjects in research (funded or non-funded) proposed by faculty, staff and students of UWL. 

The functions of the Research and Sponsored Programs Office, relative to human subject review, include providing certification of approval to sponsors and advising investigators and departments on policies and procedures. A guide and necessary forms for submission of proposals to the IRB are available from the links below. The office is in 243 Graff Main Hall and can be contacted via phone at 608.785.8044 or email at

Protocols are submitted electronically to All items of the narrative statement (page 10) must be numbered to correspond to each specific IRB requirement.  Complete instructions are available below in the A Researcher's Guide for Submission of Protocols - protocols must meet the submission requirements.  Forms with signatures must be scanned and electronically inserted into your submission document.  All materials should be submitted in one continuous PDF file.  Please see page 11 of A Researcher's Guide for Submission of Protocols for details.

Required Online Training Course

Human Subjects Research-Computer Based Training (CBT) tutorial

IRB Guidelines and Forms

Guidance on UWL Faculty, Students, and Staff as Participants

Data Request Guidelines and Survey Sample Guidelines


IRB Meetings and Deadlines expanding section

The IRB Committee is scheduled to meet on the following dates in 325 Graff Main Hall at 8:45 a.m. However, the schedule is subject to change at the discretion of IRB Committee.

Protocol Submission Deadlines (Full Review) IRB Meetings
September 15, 2017 September 22, 2017
October 13, 2017 October 20, 2017
November 10, 2017 November 17, 2017
February 16, 2018 February 23, 2018 
March 16, 2018  March 23, 2018 
April 6, 2018 April 13, 2018
Review Timelines expanding section

During the academic year, September to early May:

  • Full protocols submitted by the deadlines are expected to be reviewed at the next IRB meeting. Please see the meetings schedule.
  • Expedited and exempt protocols are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Review decisions are generally made within three to four weeks of protocol submission.

During the summer, mid-May to August:

  • Full protocol review is subject to committee availability. It is not recommended.
  • Expedited and exempt protocol review is completed monthly. Review decisions may take up to six weeks following protocol submission.
2018-2019 IRB Committee Members expanding section
Name Department (College) Expiration Date Comments
Sandy Grunwald IRB Administrator  N/A ex-officio, non-voting
Stephen Brokaw Marketing (CBA) August 2021 Second 3-year term
Adam Driscoll Sociology (CLS) August 2019 First 3-year term
Mary Hamman Economics (CBA) August 2020 Second 3-year term
Christine Hippert Archaeology/Anthropology (CLS) August 2021 Second 3-year term
Dena Huisman  Communication Studies (CLS) August 2021  Second 3-year term 
Michael Kennedy Community Representative August 2020 First 3-year term 
Peg Maher Biology (CSAH)  August 2020  Second 3-year term 
Patricia Markos  IPSE (SOE) August 2020  Second 3-year term 
Dawn Norris Sociology (CLS)  August 2019  First 3-year term 
Gregory Ormes  Communication Studies (CLS) August 2019 First 3-year term 
Allison Sauppe Computer Science (CSAH) August 2019 First 3-year term 
Bart Van Voorhis  IRB Coordinator, Psychology (CLS)  N/A ex-officio, voting