Research Ethics and Compliance: IRB

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is committed to protecting the rights and welfare of persons involved as subjects in research. In accord with federal regulations we have established an Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) and a set of policies and procedures to protect research subjects. The IRB and its policies and procedures are based on, and are consistent with, The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research, The National Commission for the Protection Of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, April 18, 1979; and the Code of Federal Regulations, 45 CFR 46 (March 8, 1983) and the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Notices and Rules (June 18, 1991).

Research involving human subjects cannot be initiated by UWRF faculty, staff, or students before it is reviewed and approved in writing by the IRB.

Research protocols for any projects involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the IRB to assure that the rights and welfare of human subjects are protected and that appropriate methods of obtaining informed consent will be utilized. If it is unclear whether or not a project needs IRB approval, please contact any member of the IRB.

 Filing an IRB protocol: 

1. Review the UWRF manual, Policies and Procedures for Research Involving Human Subjects. Samples of the required informed consent form will be found here.  Researchers who are using the Internet as the vehicle for collecting data should review Psychological Research Online: Opportunities and Challenges, an APA publication.  

2.  Complete the IRB Human Subjects Research Review Protocol

3.  Fill out the IRB Human Subjects Course Certification Protocol if students will be performing research projects as part of a course.

4.  Locate your CITI human subjects training completion report and check the training renewal date.  You can download or print a copy of your completion report from the CITI website. If needed, refer to the "Human Subjects Research Training" section (below) for instructions on how to complete your initial training.

5.  Email a single pdf of the protocol and required documents to Dr. Diane Bennett, Director of Grants and Research ( Make sure to include the signed cover page, the informed consent form, any surveys or instruments to be used, any letters of commitment from external research sites, and your CITI human subjects research training completion report.

6.  If you have questions, call the Grants and Research office at (715) 425-3195 or email


Human Subjects Research Training: 

UWRF requires that all faculty, staff, and students who are involved with research on human subjects are trained through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (the CITI Program).

In order to submit UWRF IRB protocols after November 1, 2016 you must attach a CITI program human subjects research training completion report with each submitted protocol.

Getting Started: After registering and logging in to the CITI website you should select "add a course". Under Question 3, choose the appropriate human subjects research training course. Most UWRF human subjects research is related to "Social and Behavioral Sciences" (SBS). There are 10 required SBS modules. Your research or role may require additional modules. Alternatively, you may choose to add additional modules of interest.  Only the required modules will need to be completed and you can save your progress and return later. Allow 3-5 hours to complete the 10 required SBS modules. Make sure that you have not mistakenly chosen the refresher course instead of the basic course.

The following documents will provide additional information to help you get started.


How to Create a CITI Training for Social and Behavioral Science Research

What to do After You Finish Your CITI Training

Refresher Course: Your initial CITI human subjects research training will be valid for 3 years.  A refresher course is required every 3 years. CITI will remind you of the need to complete the refresher training.  If you completed the basic human subjects research training at another university, you can manually create a refresher course through "add a course" by responding to Question 7Note that the refresher course is not sufficient for initial training.    

Members of the Institutional Review Board:

* Todd Wilkinson, Chair of IRB, Psychology

* Diane Bennett, Director of Grants & Research (ex-officio, non-voting)

* Delbert Permann, retired minister, River Falls

* Don Stovall, Counseling & School Psychology

* Rich Wallace, Sociology

* Scott Woitaszewski, Counseling & School Psychology




Contact Us

Diane Bennett, Ph.D.
Director of Grants and Research
Phone: 715-425-3195
101 North Hall