Human Subject Research Policies and Procedures
In case you missed our latest workshop, view our IRB Workshop General Overview.
Required CITI Training Program
ALL key personnel engaged in human subject research must complete the NEW online CITI training program prior to IRB approval of a new or continuing review application. The new CITI training has been streamlined for your convenience and also includes a module and quiz specific to research conducted at Duquesne University.
Key Personnel are defined as the Principal Investigator, other investigators and research personnel who are directly involved in conducting research with study participants or who are directly involved with handling private information (example: patient's medical records and charts) related to study participants during the course of a research project. Key Personnel also include faculty sponsors who provide direct oversight of research with study participants or research using study participant's private information.The prior NIH training certification will not be accepted after March 15, 2014 for any personnel conducting human subject research.
First time users can recieve guidance via CITI program website.
View Duquesne University's Use of Human Subjects in Research Administrative Policy.
Institutional Review Board
All research conducted at or sponsored by Duquesne University that involves human subjects must be approved by the IRB before research begins and, when necessary, reviewed periodically during the course of the project.
Information is available from the office of the Chair of the IRB: Dr. Linda Goodfellow, Room 312 Fisher Hall, Ext 6548
or from Julie Christy, Grants Officer, Room 308-1 Administration Building, 412.396.1886
To determine where your IRB protocol will be reviewed locally, please view the IRB Committee member chart for school assignments.
All faculty and student investigators conducting research on human subjects at Duquesne University are required to submit their IRB applications via Mentor IRB. Mentor IRB is an IRB web-based application that will enable the IRB to better serve the Duquesne research community.
Mentor IRB can be accessed at any time and from anywhere in the world via:
Please see Mentor IRB User guidelines and other new submission forms under the link below Human Subject Research (Institutional Review Board)
Full Board Review via Mentor:
Full Board Protocols are to be uploaded to Mentor according to the dates listed on the IRB deadline calendar. If revisions are necessary, the final protocol must be in Mentor by the deadline listed on the calendar.
There are no deadlines to apply for Expedited or Exempt Review and can be uploaded at any time. Generally, the IRB process, regardless of the type of review required, takes approximately four weeks from submission to approval. However, the process may take longer if the protocol is submitted immediately prior to or during a University Holiday, at the end of the semester, and/or during the summer. Please plan accordingly.
The Belmont Report attempts to summarize the basic ethical principles identified by the Commission in the course of its deliberations. It is the outgrowth of an intensive four-day period of discussions that were held in February 1976 at the Smithsonian Institution's Belmont Conference Center supplemented by the monthly deliberations of the Commission that were held over a period of nearly four years.
All documents can also be accessed via Mentor IRB.
- Mentor - I.R.B. User Guidelines - revised August 2014
- Protocol Summary Form (PDF) Protocol Summary Form (Word)
- IRB Guidelines for Protocol Review
- Consent Form Template
- Amendment Submission Form
- Duquesne University I.R.B. Policies and Procedures
- HIPAA Forms
- Instructions for Researchers
- Understanding the HIPAA Privacy Rule
- Duquesne University Human Subjects Policy - TAP #41
- D.H.H.S. Policy - Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)
- O.H.R.P. Institutional Review Board Guidebook
Chair: Dr. Linda Goodfellow
Room 312 Fisher Hall.; Ext: 6548
Room 308-1 Administration Building