Institutional Review Board

Nebraska Wesleyan University is committed to protecting the dignity, rights, safety and welfare of all human subjects who participate in research carried out by our students, faculty, and/or staff. The NWU Institutional Review Board (IRB) is the federally recognized body at the university charged with oversight of such research.

The IRB is guided by the ethical principles set forth in the Belmont Report (Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Human Research Protections. 

IRB applications require a copy of certificate demonstrating the completion of “protection of human subjects training” for all project personnel through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). NWU provides access to CITI for campus members. Campus members can register for a CITI account.

Applicants must select one training course from “Human Subjects Research” (question 1) in the CITI curriculum for their certification. Directions and addition support for registering an account are provided through the CITI customer support portal.

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is made up of peer faculty members with the sole purpose of reviewing and approving research conducted on human subjects. The following documents will help guide you through this process:

IRB policies and procedures

FileIRB application

FileApplication amendment form

FileChecklist for faculty sponsors

FileExempt categories

FileExpedited categories

FileInformed consent form - youth assent

FileInformed consent form - parental consent

FileInformed consent form - short form

FileInformed consent form - long form

PDF iconReviewer rubric

FileConsent form - HIPPA section

Research Completion Notification Form

Board Members

Justin Skirry, IRB Chair

Mary Beth Ahlum, Psychology

Annie Erdmann, Librarian

Molly Fitzke, Nursing

Tamra Llewellyn, HHP

Mark Werth, Chemistry


irb [at]