Institutional Review Board
COVID-19 Impact on Human Subjects Research (HSR): In-person HSR requires specific IRB approval. Pacific University is currently reviewing and approving research requests for in-person research involving the Pacific community. In-person research activities involving members of the community may be required to submit additional materials for consideration. The IRB will work with researchers on an individual basis.
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) uses IRBNet, an online submission system for all new submissions and post-approval requests. Instructions for IRBNet are found throughout this website. If you have any questions about IRBNet, please reach out to your IRB Representative.
Mission of the IRB
The primary mission of the Pacific University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to protect the rights and safety of individuals who participate in human subjects research studies conducted by students or employees of Pacific University. The IRB also serves as a resource for the Pacific University community, providing education and guidance to researchers regarding the ethical and responsible conduct of human subjects research.
In order to ensure that federal regulations governing human subjects research are satisfied, and to meet the institutions federally mandated responsibility to provide oversight for such research, all Pacific University faculty, staff and students must submit for IRB review any research activity that involves human subjects. IRB approval is required before any research activities—including, but not limited to, recruitment—may begin.
Please note that not all data gathering and analysis activities using information gleaned from humans fall under IRB jurisdiction. However, the determination as to whether your proposed activities fall under the federal regulations for research with human subjects must be made by the IRB.
IRBNet - Online Submission System
All IRB proposals are submitted through IRBNet. Each member of the research team will need to make an account on IRBNet. See IRBNet Registration and Training Resources for step-by-step instructions for registering on IRBNet by using the IRBNet training site listed below.
IRBNet Registration and Training Resources
To access these resources, you will need the following username and password:
To begin your IRBNet training visit IRBNet.
IRB Resources and Information
Please use the menu items on the left to navigate the IRB's website. Resources, pages, and forms are being regularly updated, so please check our website frequently.
IRB Forms and Templates
All IRB Forms and Templates are downloadable from IRBNet under the Forms and Templates tab. An IRBNet account is required to access these documents.