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. Detailed instructions on how to set up your account appropriately are found here .
  2. Once you have set up your account, complete the two modules under the "Students" course:
    • 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 2018 protocol deadlines and meeting dates are:

Protocol Due Date Meeting Date
January 19, 2018 February 02, 2018
February 09, 2018 February 23, 2018
March 09, 2018 March 23, 2018
April 06, 2018 April 20, 2018
April 20, 2018 May 04, 2018

Forms and Checklists for Protocol Submission


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.