Human Subjects Internal Review Board (HSIRB)

The HSIRB reviews all Moravian College student, faculty, and administration
research proposals that involve human beings as subjects.

2014-2015 members of the HSIRB Committee:

Forms and information for proposers:

Note: These materials are also available on the campus network at: "pawn/public/hsirb" (Macintosh) or "p:\hsirb" (PC)

Complete proposals include:

  1. A completed HSIRB proposal form (submitted as a Word document—if you do not have access to Word from your personal computer, please convert the file to *.doc or *.docx using a Moravian College public computer). 
  2. Informed consent document(s)
  3. Copies or links to all research instruments, and copyright clearance if using copyrighted instruments 
  4. Copies of debriefing materials if and only if the proposal involves deception.

Incomplete proposals will be returned to the proposer before review and this will delay the review process.  Poorly constructed, error-ridden proposals will also be returned so please be sure to proofread your proposal before submission.

Submit all of your forms electronically to:

Please make sure that ALL of your proposal materials are sent collectively in one email submission, otherwise the review process will be delayed. 

Timing of the review process:

During the standard academic calendar, the HSIRB committee reviews proposals on a rolling basis.  Given the large volume of proposals we receive from faculty, Honors students, other undergraduate students and graduate students, it typically takes us two weeks to complete an initial review of a completed proposal.  Many proposals often require some edits/modifications before we can grant full approval and depending on how quickly the proposal author attends to these edits, the revisions process often adds an additional week to the review process for a total turn-around time of three weeks.  Proposers should keep this time frame in mind as they plan their research projects.  Students who are completing a research project for a class must pay close attention and submit their research proposals in the first few weeks of the semester to assure adequate time for review and revision.  Honors students should make sure their proposals are submitted well ahead of the semester in which they plan to conduct their research.

Some Helpful Websites:

Protecting Human Research Participants

NIH Institute for Extramural Research
Link to PHRP Online Course

This online course is designed to prepare investigators involved in the design and/or conduct of research involving human subjects to understand their obligations to protect the rights and welfare of subjects in research. The course material presents basic concepts, principles, and issues related to the protection of research participants.  At the end of the course, participants can obtain a certificate that verifies that they have reviewed all of the course material. 

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

The Belmont Report: Office of the Secretary

Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human
Subjects of Research, The National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects
of Biomedical and Behavioral Research

What is Ethics in Research & Why is it Important?

by David B. Resnik, J.D., Ph.D.
Description: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Protection of Human Subjects in Research Funded or Regulated by U.S. Government:

How today’s rules prohibit ethical abuses in human subjects research.

Questions? Contact one of the HSIRB Co-Chairs:

Dr. Debra Wetcher-Hendricks, Co-Chair

Dr. Sarah Johnson, Co-Chair