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School of Professional Studies | IRB Resources for SPS

SPS & BGS  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.  These documents are used in both SPS and BGS.  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 and the School of Business and Graduate Studies do 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 and BGS documents for the SPS-BGS IRB process. Updated September 10, 2014.


SPS-BGS IRB-instructions

BGS Informed Consent Form – 9.10.2014

SPS-BGS IRB-Application with Human Participants

SPS-BGS IRB Exempt Application

To contact the SPS-BGS IRB committee with questions or concerns call (202) 884-9620, or email, or with SPS-BGS 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 and BGS IRB committees recommend 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.

Trinity Washington University encourages students to be exploratory and expansive in considering subjects for research.  Students should look beyond the boundaries of Trinity and its campus to find suitable research topics and subjects in the spirit of serving the wider community and the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.    Students are expected to include no Trinity persons, nor Trinity as a subject, in their research.



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