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Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an institutional committee created to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects. The committee is responsible for reviewing research designs (protocols) involving human subjects.  The most common types of research reviewed by the IRB include:

  • Doctoral dissertations and master’s theses: For dissertations, applications are submitted to the IRB with faculty Chair approval at the time of proposal review (Form 2). Masters theses are submitted similarly and timing is based on program.
  • Faculty research involving human subjects, including but not limited to surveys, interviews, focus groups, and experimental research.
  • Grant-funded research that includes requirements for IRB approval of components that relate to human subjects.
  • Classroom projects, undergraduate senior theses, and capstone projects usually are reviewed by instructors/advisors/mentors only (refer to the Instructor Guidance Document and website regarding type of research that can be approved by instructors/advisors/mentors). Some projects may be subject to IRB review, depending on use in academic research. Please check with your instructor/advisor/mentor about the review process.
  • Institutional research, program reviews, and curriculum evaluations usually are not reviewed by the IRB unless the results will be used in academic research or IRB review is required by a sponsor or grant.


May 25, 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect. Please review the policy on international research for more information. A general privacy notice can be found in the menu on the left or by clicking here.

June 15, 2018

The federal regulation changes will be implemented this day for non-federally funded research. For more information on the changes, log into IRBManager and click on the”New Federal Regulations Changes Video” link in the Notices on the right-hand side when you log in. It will be available June 15th.

September 26, 2018

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) training will no longer be offered, so participants should download their Human Subjects training certificates if they have not already done so by this time. Please see our webpage here: if you need to complete training.

January 21, 2019 

The federal regulation changes will be implemented this day for federally funded research.

December 23, 2020 to January 3, 2021

The La Verne IRB will be closed simultaneously with the University for the upcoming holidays from December 23, 2020 to January 1, 2021. We will be back in the office January 3rd  to review any applications submitted.