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IRB Forms


Persons who will be working with an IRB approved Full Protocol are required to complete an ethics education course. For Columbus State employees, this is available at CITI, Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative.

On the CITI home page, open the Register Here link and follow the directions.


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  IRB Chair Amy Hart and committee    arrowmember David Tom provide some background about the Institutional Review Board along with tips about creating a research project in this brief slide show.



2015 Committee Schedule

Exempt Protocols can be submitted at any time for the Chair's review. If the Chair determines that the Exempt Protocol needs to be reviewed by the IRB committee, it will be submitted at the next regularly scheduled IRB meeting.  

Full Protocols must be submitted at least two weeks before the regularly scheduled meetings. Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 8 am on the following dates: January 16, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9 and December 14.


Suggestions for safely maintaining data are provided in Securing Research Data.

Securing Research Data

Survey Design

Jim Hamberg, Coordinator in Institutional Effectiveness, can assist with the design of surveys. E-mail Jim or call 287-5643.


Complete and send either an Exempt or Full Protocol form to initiate the IRB process.

Exempt Protocol
Exempt Protocol Guidelines

Research activities involving human subjects in six-federally approved categories may be exempt from review by Columbus State’s Institutional Review Board. The principal investigator/project director is authorized to make the first determination of eligibility for exemption; however, the College bears the responsibility for concurring in that determination based on notice provided by the principal investigator to the Institutional Review Board. 

Read the protocol and the approved categories. If you believe your project qualifies, complete the protocol and send it to the IRB administrator. Allow two weeks from the time of protocol submission to IRB approval. 
Research involving human subjects that is not eligible for exemption is reviewed by the IRB. Complete the full protocol and send it to the IRB administrator.

Exempt Protocol
Full Protocol
Full Protocol Guidelines
Consent Form Option 1
Consent Form Option 2


Consent Forms and Letters: SAMPLES

Informational Letter #1 Cover Letter when consent is not required
Informational Letter #2 Cover Letter Guidelines when consent is not required

Consent Form
Continuing Review and/or Final Report
Continuing Review and/or Final Report (Adobe PDF/Printable Version )
Modification Request
Adverse Event Report


IRB Administrator

Thomas Lyons
Office of Institutional Effectiveness