Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (HSIRB)

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

2015-2016 members of the Moravian IRB:

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 or pdf document (we will not review Google Drive documents or other kinds of documents that can be changed during the review process).  
  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 2-3 weeks to complete an initial review of a completed proposal. Please note that the proposal may not be sent out for review the day it is received. Many proposals often require some edits/modifications before we can grant full approval and the revision process often adds an additional week+ to the review process, for a total turn-around time of 3-4 weeks. The majority of proposals will be fully reviewed within 1 month, but proposals that are submitted incomplete, with many editing errors, or with substantial clarity problems may take longer. The time-frame for completing the review depends substantially on how quickly the proposal author responds with any requested revisions.

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 time when they plan to conduct their research. Proposals can be submitted over winter break and summer, but the review time-frame may be extended as IRB members are not always available at those times to review immediately.

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 the IRB Chair:

Dr. Sarah Johnson, Chair