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The SUNY Oneonta Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee that has been formally designated to approve, monitor, and review biomedical and behavioral research involving humans with the aim of protecting the rights and welfare of the research subjects. An IRB performs critical oversight functions for research conducted on human subjects that are scientific, ethical, and regulatory; in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (specifically, its Office for Human Research Protections) have empowered IRBs to approve, require modifications in planned research prior to approval, or disapprove research.

The College subscribes to CITI, a web-based course for instruction of use of human subjects in research.  The course can be accessed at www.citiprogram.org; it can be completed over a period of time and the applicable pre-set modules are determined by the status of the individual taking the course: IRB member; faculty; student-basic course; or student conducting minimal risk research. All SUNY Oneonta faculty, staff and students who are conducting research involving human subjects must be certified via the CITI course before the IRB will approve their research involving human subjects.

Members of the SUNY Oneonta faculty and staff who intend to conduct research involving human subjects, whether using sponsored program (grant award) funds or not, should fill out the IRB Review Form early in the research design phase and submit the form electronically to the IRB mailbox at IRB@oneonta.edu. Formal follow up is required on research projects within one year of original approval date.  Complete the Continuing Review, Final Review/Termination, Modifications, or Adverse Events/Unanticipated Problems form and submit to the IRB mailbox at IRB@oneonta.edu .  If you have any questions, please call 607-436-2525.

In preparing their IRB Review Forms, faculty/staff and student researchers should be reminded that particular attention is given to the consent process, which typically requires written consent. Please consult the Consent Form Help Document for guidelines on and examples of written consent forms.