To All Student Researchers, Faculty Research Advisors, and Faculty Researchers:

In response to the university's campus-wide transition to virtual instruction and limiting in-person social contact, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) has consulted with the Office of the Provost regarding the conduct of independent research.

  • All data collection that involves non-face-to-face interactions with study participants (e.g., data collection via email, phone, postal mailings, or online surveys, etc.) may continue.
  • All data collection that involves face-to-face interactions with study participants should be discontinued immediately. You may choose to modify your data collection methodology, postpone your research until restrictions have been lifted, or terminate your research.
    • If your protocol can be modified to collect data without face-to-face interactions, please submit a Modification form to the IRB member who approved your protocol within two weeks of this notification for approval.
    • If you wish to postpone your research to a time that extends beyond the one-year approval of your protocol, please submit a Renewal form to
    • If you have already completed data collection or wish to terminate your research, please submit an Informational Follow-up Form to
    • The IRB continues to accept new protocols through the 2019-2020 academic year.
      • If your data collection does not require face-to-face interactions with study participants, you may proceed upon approval of your protocol.
      • If your data collection does require face-to-face interactions with study participants, you must wait until the university lifts social distancing restrictions before collecting data, even if you have received approval of your protocol.

We realize that these extraordinary changes to our normal procedures may significantly impact the completion of your valuable research. Our highest priority is the health and well-being of members of our campus community and the community at large. Thank you for your flexibility and resilience as the university responds to this global health pandemic.

Please continue to check the university's updates to the coronavirus by visiting If you have any questions or concerns on how to proceed, please contact

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.

CITI Instructions for Student Researchers

Attention Faculty Researchers and Faculty Advisors of Student Research!

Beginning August 31, 2020, all IRB protocols must be submitted with a certificate of completion from the CITI program, indicating that the Faculty Advisor or Faculty Researcher(s) have passed the Puget Sound CITI course for Faculty. Note that student researchers are still required to complete their own CITI training.

Please read all instructions thoroughly before proceeding with the training.

CITI Instructions for Faculty Researchers and Advisors


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 with all required signatures on the coversheet, should be submitted using the link below.

Submit an IRB Protocol

The Spring 2021 protocol deadlines and meeting dates are:

Protocol Due Date Meeting Date
September 20, 2021 September 28, 2021
October 18, 2021 October 26, 2021
November 08, 2021 November 16, 2021
November 29, 2021 December 07, 2021


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.