Human subjects review Institutional Review Board (IRB)

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

** The NIH Protecting Human Research Participants training course will no longer be available after September 26, 2018.  We are in the process of transitioning to an alternative training course, and will update our web page when the new training is available.  In the meantime -  please continue to use the link above to complete the NIH CBT course.  When the link is clicked , a message will appear warning of this September 26th deadline - please click the "OK" button, which will take you to the training Thank you for your patience during this transition.**

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 14, 2018 September 21, 2018
October 12, 2018 October 19, 2018
November 9, 2018 November 16, 2018 *
February 15, 2019 February 22, 2019
March 15, 2019  March 22, 2019 
April 5, 2019 April 12, 2019

*November 16, 2018 meeting will be held in 327 Graff Main Hall.

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
Justine Egner Sociology (CLS) August 2021 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 
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