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School of Professional Studies | IRB Resources for SPS

SPS Institutional Review Board (IRB) Documents

Below are the IRB application and other documents you will need to prepare to submit your IRB application in your Senior Seminar, Capstone, or Thesis courses.  Be sure to read them all prior to completing your application to ensure a timely response from the SPS IRB committee.  Please note that there are two applications; One for studies with human participants, and one for exempt studies, which do not have human participants.  Please submit the correct application in its entirety.  The School of Professional Studies does not endorse research, which involves children, those who are not of majority, or those with limited understanding of informed consent.  *These are the only authorized SPS documents for the SPS IRB process. Updated September 18, 2013.


SPS IRB-instructions

Informed Consent Form – 10.20.2013

SPS-IRB-Application for Studies with Human Participants

SPS IRB Exempt Application

To contact the SPS IRB committee with questions or concerns call (202) 884-9620, or email with SPS IRB in the subject line.

Training in the Responsibilities for Human Rights and Ethics for Researchers

To best understand the researcher and the institution’s responsibility the SPS IRB committee recommends that all researchers undergo the free IRB training (HHS OHPR compliant) offered by the National Institute of Health (NIH).  This training requires the creation of a secure login and is free of charge.  This training is offered online and also in a PDF format (requires in Internet connection for some sections).  This training is also offered in Spanish.



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