Sponsored Programs and Research Services

Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects In Research

Even though a project may qualify as “exempt” according to Federal regulations, it is the policy of CSU and Sponsored Programs and Research Services, that all research conducted through an affiliation with CSU be determined to be a design adequate to answer the questions posed. The Federal regulations are clear in their stipulation that as IRB members are considering whether a research proposal meets the guidelines for treatment of subjects, they must take into account soundness of research design. If a research project is structured in such a way that the project will not yield valid, usable, data that can contribute to the body of knowledge in the discipline, then the IRB cannot approve the project.

Responsibility for guiding students in research design rests with the supervising faculty member. It may seem to researchers, at times, that the IRB creates an impediment to their attempts to carry out a research project. We sincerely want the community of faculty and students at Cleveland State to fully understand the necessity of having a group such as the IRB to ensure safety not only for research subjects, but also for the researchers themselves, as well as the University. It may be helpful for researchers to bear in mind the numerous atrocities and misguided research projects that abused people and gave rise to the Belmont Report, which establishes the ethical principles on which the Federal law and our additional policies are based.

Cleveland State University's IRB is responsible for ensuring compliance with all federal and State regulations regarding human subjects. Application for project approval should be submitted to the Sponsored Programs and Research Services via Cayuse IRB for processing.

Cayuse IRB

Cayuse IRB is a completely online system, including online protocol creation, submission, review, and management, for CSU researchers. Click here for more information about Cayuse IRB.

Fall 2018 IRB Meeting Schedule
Date Time Day Location
September 11 1:00 to 2:00 pm Tuesday Parker Hannifin Hall, Room 200
October 10 9:00 to 10:00 am Wednesday Parker Hannifin Hall, Room 200
November 7 12:00 to 1:00 pm Wednesday Parker Hannifin Hall, Room 200
December 19 2:30 to 3:30 pm Wednesday Parker Hannifin Hall, Room 200
Members of the IRB Committee (AY 2018-2019)
Member Rank Dept Address Phone Fax Email
Collins, Cyleste Assistant Prof. Social Work RT 1438 4571   Email
Jeziorowski, John
Health Sci HS 121 3782 9316 Email
Lewis, Browne Professor Law LB 213 2352 6881 Email
Neuendorf, Kimberly Professor COMM MU 241 3994 9294 Email
Oakar, Kathleen External Member Inmate Rep.   440.845.1830
Pershey, Monica Gordon Associate
Health Sci MC 432A 4534 9316 Email
Quinn, Linda Senior College Lecturer Mathematics RT 1512 4691   Email
Stead, Graham Professor Curr & Fdn AC 225 9712 5415 Email
Thoman, Joan Associate
Nursing JH 260 3518   Email
Turosky, Jodie External Member     216.363.7432   Email
Whitbred, Robert Associate
COMM MU 209 5083 9294 Email
Member Rank Dept Address Phone Fax Email
Karpinski, Mary Jane Recording Secretary SPRS PH 218 3624 9382 Email
Forms & Policies

Typically, researchers should expect to receive the results of the preliminary review of their IRB application no later than two weeks after the date of submitting their application.

Any projects seeking to examine or involve protected populations must be submitted TWO WEEKS prior to the upcoming full board meeting; any proposals submitted less than two weeks prior will NOT be reviewed until the following meeting.