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Social, Behavioral, and Educational Institutional Review Board (IRB)


Social, Behavioral, and Educational IRB News and Developments!

RowanSOM Researchers should not use Consent Forms on this webpage! Please click here to view consent forms for RowanSOM.

Single IRB webpage coming soon! Recently, the integration of the School of Osteopathic Medicine has propelled Rowan University into a new chapter in its history. The RowanSOM and Glassboro/CMSRU IRB Boards are creating a single IRB webpage that will allow all faculty, researchers, staff and students of all campuses access to templates, guidance, policy and procedures. Please click on Rowan University Institutional Review Board to go to our single IRB webpage, which is currently in the ending stages of development.

eIRB! The Social, Behavioral and Educational Institutional Review Board is currently in the end stages of implementing the eIRB system for Glassboro and CMSRU IRB submissions. This system will allow electronic submission and management of IRB applications submitted to the Social, Behavioral, and Educational IRB. Please contact Eric Gregory for any inquiry or questions.

PDF Application Submissions! The Social, Behavioral and Educational Institutional Review Board is now accepting PDF IRB applications. Researchers are no longer required to submit hardcopies. Please follow the directions located in the IRB applications below.

Financial and Investigator Interest Disclosure Form! The Social, Behavioral and Educational Institutional Review Board has updated the IRB application to include an Interest Disclosure Form. This form is required to be completed and signed by investigators, including students,and advisors, and subsequently submitted with the IRB application to the IRB office. Faculty Advisors and investigators must download the new IRB application form so that the Interest Disclosure Form is present. If an IRB application is received that does not have the Interest Disclosure Form attached, then the IRB office will inform the investigator of the required documentation, which may delay the review process. All faculty advisors, applicants, and faculty conducting research classes are encouraged to contact the IRB office for any questions and guidance related to IRB processes and submissions.


Institutional Review Board Mission

Rowan University's Institutional Review Board's mission is to assure the safe and ethical treatment of human participants in research. Federal and university regulations require that all research involving human participants conducted by Rowan faculty, staff, and students be reviewed and approved by the IRB before initiation!


If you are faculty, staff or students conducting or proposing to conduct human subject research using RowanSOM data, employees, students or on the premises of RowanSOM, you should direct your inquiry to Patricia Gessner and you can also consult the Rowan University IRB webpage.

Some of the following documents below are provided in PDF format. You will need the free Acrobat Reader software at the Adobe Website.

Survey Information

Is your human subject research going to involve the use of online surveys or survey software? If yes, then please review the Rowan University Survey Policy. If you have any more questions about the survey policy, please review the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Planning (IERP) webpage.


Information for Social, Behavioral and Educational IRB



When proposing any human subjects research to the IRB using the eIRB submission and review system, all faculty and staff must use the information located here. The link will take you to our main IRB website. On that website, you will find information regarding policies, procedures, meeting dates, templates to use in the submission of your study, guidelines, FAQs, links to regulatory information, and more information and guidance related to human subjects research and the function of the IRB. Rowan University Institutional Review Boards.



The information below is only to be used when submitting a PDF or Word IRB application to our office. If you are submitting your IRB application through the eIRB system, then please follow the information and guidance, as well as templates and consent forms, that can be found on the Rowan University IRB webpage.

Meeting Information
Submission Schedule for Full Board Reviews Only
Committee Members

Expedited and Exempt Reviews are handled on a rolling basis. As those types of projects are submitted to the office, they are reviewed and forwarded for IRB Member review. Expedited and Exempt reviews do not follow the Submission Schedule listed above.

IRB Policy (Click for Word version)
Oral History Policy (Click for Word version)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
IRB Application Form (Click for Word version)
IRB Revision Request (Click for Word version)
IRB Continuing Review/Final Report Form (Click for Word version)
Consent Procedures and Samples

Full Board Review Consent Form Example


Click CITI TRAINING to review training requirements and procedures


IRB Continuing Review/Final Report Form - Expedited and full board review procedures

IRB Applications and protocols approved using the expedited and full board review procedures are approved for the study to be conducted in the 12-month period from the date on the formal approval letter. If your research is to continue, then you need to complete and submit an IRB Continuing Review/Final Report Form to the IRB - Office of Research. If your study will end at the 12-month period, then you must submit an IRB Continuing Review/Final Report Form indicating the study is completed to the IRB - Office of Research

Sample Debriefing Form (Click for Word version) In the attached sample debriefing form, yellow highlighted text indicates information that needs to be included, revised, expanded upon, or removed prior to creating your final draft.


Application Status

Application Status - July 2014 - June 2015
Application Status - July 2013 - June 2014
Application Status - July 2012 - June 2013
Application Status - July 2011 - June 2012

Application Status - July 2010 - June 2011
Application Status - July 2009 - June 2010

Application Status - July 2008 - June 2009
Application Status - July 2007 - June 2008

Cooper Medical School at Rowan University IRB Policies

Cooper Health System, Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, and Rowan University IRB Policy
Template and Protocol Application with Investigator-Initiated Protocol Template (Click for word version)


Guidelines, Additional Information and Sources of Information


Clinical Trials Registration Guidelines

National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires certain clinical trials sponsored by NIH to register in the ClinicalTrials.Gov website. For more information about registering, please review NOT-OD-08-014. Principal Investigators are responsible for managing and updating the study in More information and instructions for registering a study are located below.


Point of Contact for studies originating from the Glassboro (Social, Behavioral and Educational IRB) campus: Eric Gregory or (856) 256-4058.


Point of Contact for studies originating from the Stratford (RowanSOM IRB) campus: Christine Besswick or (856) 566-6003.



1) Make sure you have your clinical trial information available


2) Principal Investigators should contact the above Points of Contact depending on where you are located and depending on what IRB (Either Glassboro or RowanSOM) you submitted your study to for review


3) Upon notification, the Point of Contact will create a user account in the system


4) Upon completion of the user account, the Principal Investigator will receive an email from to complete the registration


5) When registering the study, in the Responsible Party Field select Principal Investigator.


6) Principal Investigators are responsible for releasing the trial in and performing periodic updates of trial information as needed


Human Subjects Research Classroom Exercises - Professors and instructors that want to conduct classroom exercises in human subjects research should use the following guide to assist them in the preparation and performance of classroom exercises. This guidance is intended for faculty and instructors to use. This guidance should not be used when developing human subject research protocols, and students should always consult with their instructor or faculty advisor when developing human subjects research protocols. This guide is not to be used for class projects that meet the definition of human subjects research. Classroom Exercise Guide

Internet Research Guidelines

Internet Research Ethics

Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)
Guidance on Reporting Incidents to OHRP


Please go to the Rowan University IRB Webpage to review instructions and other information related to CITI training.

CITI Rowan University CITI Instructions

CITI Training Homepage

IRB Human Subjects Training Guide