During the current COVID-19 outbreak, researchers may implement changes to the IRB approved research, prior to IRB review and approval of the research changes, when necessary to eliminate apparent immediate hazards to participants. This may include: changing from in-person interactions to virtual interactions using digital technology. You must report the change to the IRB within 5 business days after making the change. For more information, contact the IRB at irb@govst.edu.

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

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.

All submissions, reviews and approvals are done electronically through Cayuse. Cayuse IRB is a web-based submission system that is designed to simplify the review of IRB protocols.