At Governors State University all projects involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board.

The purpose of the IRB is to ensure the protection of human research subjects. Code of Federal Regulation Title 45, Part 46 requires that all institutions receiving federal funds and conducting research using living humans establish and operate an IRB.


Beginning July 1, 2018, Governors State University's Institutional Review Board will no longer accept paper forms for review of new protocols. An electronic system (Cayuse) will now be used for submitting new protocols. All approvals are done electronically through the system. 


  • Review Request Forms


    New Protocols 

    • All new protocols must be submitted through the electronic system (Cayuse IRB). For more information on how to access this system, please contact or Jennifer Morehead Farmer (708) 235-2846. 
    • All new protocols with consent documents must use this consent template: 

    Ongoing/Closing Protocols

    Some forms are fillable. You can open the forms by using Internet Explorer or save the forms and reopen from your computer. If you are still unable to fill out the forms, please print the form to complete.

    • Guidance and Resources

    • Board Members



      • Darrin Aase, College of Health and Human Services
      • Renee Theiss, College of Health and Human Services

      Provost Appointments

      • Darrin Aase, College of Health and Human Services
      • Giesela Grumback, College of Arts and Sciences  
      • Caron Jacobson, College of Arts and Sciences 
      • Gerald Pauling, Community Member
      • Dale Schuit, College of Health and Human Services   
      • Chelsea Vanderpool, College of Business 

      Faculty Senate Appointments 

      • Pam Guimond, College of Arts and Sciences   
      • Xiaobo She, College of Education
      • Joshua Sopiarz, University Library
      • Renee Theiss, College of Health and Human Services
      • Ting Wang, College of Business



    • Full Board Review Submission & Meeting Dates


      Exempt and Expedited are reviewed on a rolling basis. This table is only for Full Board protocols.

      Submission Deadline

      Meeting Date

      Friday, August 24, 2018

      Week of September 17-21st

      Friday, September 28

      Week of October 15-19th

      Friday, October 26

      Week of November 12-16th

      Friday, November 30

      Week of December 17-21st

      Friday, December 28

      Week of January 21-25th

      Friday, January 25

      Week of February 18-22nd

      Friday, February 22

      Week of March 18-22nd

      Friday, March 29

      Week of April 15-19th 

         Friday, April 26      

      Week of May 20-24th

      No Meeting in June

      No Meeting in June

      No Meeting in July

      No Meeting in July

      Friday, August 30

      Week of September 16-20th



    Human Subjects Research Information


    Cayuse IRB Training Sessions  - May, June, July, August sessions contact for requests