Most human subject research conducted on USU’s campus does not require Full Board Review.  All non-exempt protocols filed in Protis will first be sent to a faculty reviewer serving on the Institutional Review Board. The reviewer, in conjunction with IRB Office staff, will make a determination regarding whether the protocol can be reviewed through the Expedite procedures. If so, the review process should take approximately 6 to 8 weeks.

Any research which, in the opinion of the IRB reviewers, constitutes greater than minimal risk to participants must be reviewed by the Full Institutional Review Board. Minimal risk is defined as “the probability and magnitude of harm or discomfort are not greater than those ordinarily encountered in daily life or during the performance of routine physical or psychological examinations or tests.” Additionally, any research which does not fully align with the Expedite Review categories (Ch. 3) defined by the Office of Human Research Protections must be reviewed by the Full Board.

For those protocols needing Full Board Review, complete applications must be received at least 5 weeks prior to the next scheduled meeting. During that time, you will work with the IRB Office to resolve any minor issues regarding the protocol, and it will then be assigned to the Full Board no later than one week before the next scheduled meeting. If you submit sooner than five weeks prior to the upcoming meeting, we will make every attempt to have the protocol reviewed at the next meeting but please note that agendas for meetings often fill quickly and in advance.

Exempt and Course Research Application protocol submissions typically take two to four weeks for approval. Amendments are reviewed within four to ten business days. Requests for Determinations of Non-Human Subjects Research are usually responded to within two business days of submission.

2016 – 2017 Dates and Deadlines

Meeting Date Submission Deadline
Jan 10 Nov 29
Feb 14 Jan 1
Mar 14 Feb 7
Apr 11 Mar 7
May 9  Apr 4
Jun 13 May 9