Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Commonwealth University Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects mission is to assure that, in research involving human subjects, the rights and welfare of the subjects are adequately protected. The IRB reviews research involving human subjects to ensure that subjects are not placed at undue risk and that they give uncoerced, informed consent to participate in the research.

Overview of Process

All projects that meet the definition of research with human subjects must be reviewed and approved. The IRB staff initially screens submissions to determine the completeness. Submissions may be returned to the PI for changes before the review type is assigned. The review type may be reassessed at any time during the review process.

If you have a question on whether or not your project requires IRB approval please review:

CU-IRB Contact Information

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
211 Centennial Hall
IRB Chair - Ashley Lesniak
IRB Administrator - Elizabeth Dickinson

You will need to use IRBManager. Please make sure to have completed CITI Training requirements before completing an application as this will be an automatic return to you and your study staff. Please see our guide for assistance on obtaining a certificate.

For additional questions, contact the IRB by email at

The CUP IRB has provided a sample consent template for your study.

Delete all instructions in red before submitting to the IRB. Customize the language in black as needed to fit your study.

Doreen Jowi, CU-IRB Chair

Kate Beishline BU
Francis Craig - MU
Denise Davidson - BU 
Father John Szada – Non-CU affiliated member
Jeffrey Leitzel - BU
Ashley Lesniak - LHU
Scott Mehall - BU 
Carroll Walter – Non-CU affiliated member

Alternate IRB Members
Rodger Benefiel - BU
Melinda Barrett -BU
Kyle Beyer – Non-CU affiliated member
Christina Force - BU
William Schwindinger
Christine Offutt - LHU
Luke Semrau -BU
Gretchen Sechrist - MU
Andrew Talbot - LHU

Committee meetings are held monthly. When needed, one summer meeting may be scheduled.

Protocols that require full board review must be submitted two weeks prior to a meeting date to be considered for review.

Fall 2022
September, 9, 11am
October 7th, 3pm
November 4th, 11am
December 9th, 11 am

*These will be held thru Zoom. Please contact IRB Administrator for more meeting information*