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Institutional Review Board

All research using human subjects -- even paper-pencil questionnaires and surveys to collect data inside Tarleton -- must be approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).  Tarleton State University could suffer serious sanctions, including withdrawal of all federal funding, if the appropriate committee approval is not obtained before research begins.

Tarleton's IRB is registered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Completed applications for IRB approval should be submitted to Mekka Steinruck through the Office of Sponsored Projects, Davis Hall Rm. 111, Box T-0015.  You may contact Mekka at 254-968-1815 or email.

How are IRB's Processed
  1. Once received in the OSP, the applications are logged in and assigned a number.
  2. Applications undergo a preliminary review to verify each researcher has completed CITI Training, a COI Statement has been attached, the form was completed properly, and to determine if the application is to be reviewed as exempt, expedited, or full board.
  3. The committee completes an initial review, recommendations resulting from this review are shared with the PI.
  4. Upon resubmission of the IRB proposal with reviewer recommendations incorporated, the committee completes a final review.
  5. Applicants are notified of the final results, typically two to four weeks after submission.

For questions, please contact Dr. Sally Lewis at or at (817) 926-1101 or directly from TSU, extension 7222.

CITI Training

Beginning July, 1, 2014 - ALL new  submissions and ALL active research must be accompanied with a certificate of CITI Training completion for every person noted as a research investigator.  CITI training supersedes any current NIH training.  Any submissions without CITI training documentation will be rejected until training is complete.

All faculty, staff, and students that are involved in any aspect of the research proposed by submission of an IRB protocol must complete training and submit training certificate with proposal.


 Committee for Human Subjects
  • Lewis, Sally, Ph.D.  - Chair
  • Barry Lambert, Ph.D. (Ex-Officio)
  • Barkley, Jordan, Ph.D.
  • Burch, Gerald, Ph.D.
  • Evans, Elaine, Ph.D.
  • Gearhart, Chris, Ph.D.
  • Haynes, Dr. Mike, Ph.D.
  • Howard, Charlie, Ph.D. (Prisoner Advocate)
  • Langley, Curtis, Ph.D.
  • Phillips, JoAnne (Community Member)
  • Rynearson, Kimberly, Ph.D.
  • Styron, Kent, Director, Risk Management & Compliance
  • Wittie, Roger, Ph.D. (Ex-Officio)


Required Forms

IRB Manual

IRB Proposal Tools

Research Compliance Coordinator

IRB Meeting Schedule

September 22nd

October 27th

November 24th

December 22nd- if meeting is necessary prior to University Holiday

IRB Applications requiring "Full Board Review" are due 10 business days prior to the meeting in which they are to be reviewed.  

Dates are subject to change without notice. 

College Liaisons

For assistance in articulating the content of your IRB Proposal please contact the liaison for your college.

Reminder: The University Writing Center can help faculty members produce a quality written proposal for submission.