Institutional Review Board

The Francis Marion University Institutional Review Board (IRB) supervises the use of human subjects in all research conducted under the auspices of the University. All proposed research must be reviewed by the Board before any data is gathered. The IRB insures that the rights and welfare of human participants in research are protected.

2018-19 IRB Membership

Teresa Herzog, Chair


Daljit Kaur


Shayna Wrighten


Annie Muller


Pete Peterson


Dr. Sasha Federer, Ph.D.

Community Representative

For more information regarding the policies and procedures of ethical research, please go to the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) of the Department of Health and Human Services guidelines.


For online training on Human Research Protections please visit the NIH Training Site.

Guidelines for Study Status

Please use the following to determine your study status. Studies not exempt or expedited are subject to full review.

Exempt Status (doc)

Expedited Status (doc)


Please use the following forms for submission to the IRB committee. They are currently not available for online submission and will need to be printed out instead.

IRB Proposal Form (doc)

Continuation of Study Form (doc)

Closure Form (doc)

Society of Behavioral Medicine: Good Clinical Practice for Social and Behavioral Research eLearning Course