Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The IRB facilitate the review and safety of research studies and projects involving human subjects at the University of Puget Sound, in compliance with university policy and federal guidelines. All such projects typically must have the Board's approval. Most often such research done at the university tends to fall into the areas of physical education, psychology, and occupational and physical therapy, but projects in other subject areas will require the IRB to grant approval if human subjects are involved.

On this page you will find information about current and recent Board activities, forms needed to seek IRB approval of a proposed research project, and links to useful resources for teaching and learning about research ethics and research with human subjects and animal populations.

Attention Student Researchers!

Beginning August 29, 2016, any IRB protocol listing students as principal and/or co-investigators must be submitted with a certificate of completion (one for each student) from the CITI program, indicating that the student(s) have passed the Puget Sound CITI course for students.

Please read all instructions thoroughly before proceeding with the training.

Here's what you do:

  1. Go to and set up an account for yourself.
    • When prompted, use the pull-down menu to select "University of Puget Sound" as your affiliate institution.
    • Answer a few demographic questions to finish setting up your account.
    • When you have the option of choosing courses, choose the "Student" track under "Human Research Protections."
  2. Once you have successfully created your account, you will see two different sets of courses in your account: "Social and behavioral science researchers (includes Education and Business)" and "Students." Only complete the "Students" course; you do not need to do anything with the "Social and behavioral science researchers (includes Education and Business)" course.
    • Complete the two modules under the "Students" course. These are "Students in Research (ID: 1321)" and "University of Puget Sound (ID: 16686)." (Course modules will become available only after you click the link "Complete the Integrity Assurance Statement before beginning the course" and complete the statement.)
    • Take the quiz at the end of the student course.
  3. Print your certificate of completion for the course and attach it to your IRB protocol before submitting.

Questions or problems? Please contact Jimmy McMichael at or (253) 879-2656).

IRB activities

Here you can find a list of the current IRB members, the IRB Committees & Minutes, and the IRB policy statement on the Ethical Care & Use of Animals in research at UPS.

Completed protocols should be submitted to Jimmy McMichael as (a) a hardcopy in Jones 212 (CMB 1020) with all required signatures on the coversheet, and (b) an electronic copy sent to

The Spring 2017 protocol deadlines and meeting dates are:

Protocol Due Date Meeting Date
January 18, 2017 January 25, 2017
February 08, 2017 February 22, 2017
March 08, 2017 March 22, 2017
April 12, 2017 April 26, 2017

Required Forms


Additional Forms

Resources for learning and teaching

A number of books and videos concerning ethical issues in the conduct of research are available to university faculty, staff and students. An evolving list of the resources available can be found online. We are also developing a resource page with links to key online information sources on research ethics and related topics. Suggestions for further on-line sources are always welcome.