Institutional Review Board (IRB)

COVID-19 Update in Regard to Human Subjects Research:

As campus returns to in person classes and with the state mask mandate lifting BU-IRB and the Provost Office will start allowing face to face research effective July 1, 2021.

  1. Faculty/staff who have approved IRB studies that they would like to move to face to face will be required to submit a “Request for a Modification in Protocol” xForm located on IRBManager ( .
    1. If you choose to keep your study interaction in a remote capacity as indicated in your approved study then you will not need to do anything further. 
    2. Please indicate your reasoning in the form for the change from remote to in person research. 
      1. We do still recommend mitigation per CDC guidelines (i.e. face coverings and social distancing) while conducting in-person research and you can include how you will be doing this in your reasoning.
    3. Please be aware that it is not appropriate to ask study participants, or potential study participants, about their vaccination status, unless COVID vaccination is an inclusion or exclusion criterion approved by the IRB for a particular study.
      1. While being vaccinated is recommended, study team members cannot be required to provide information about their vaccination status and job duties cannot be assigned based on vaccination status.
    4. Please reschedule study visits if a research participant or necessary accompanying person has had a recent COVID-19 diagnosis, screens positive on a COVID-19 screening test, or has symptoms associated with COVID-19, except for IRB-approved studies related to COVID.

ORSP office will continue to monitor any release of information related to COVID-19 from the University and federal agencies and update the campus on any changes.

Please contact for questions.

Thank you.
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

The Bloomsburg 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:

Does my project require IRB review and approval?
Does my project require IRB review and approval? Flow Chart

IRB Contact Information
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
213 Centennial Hall

IRB Chair - Doreen Jowi
Administrative Assistant - Christine Orlando

Complete a study application

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

IRB Consent Form Template

The BU 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.

Other Resources

IRB Policy – PRP 3990
How to create an IRBManager application
Investigator Responsibility

New IRB Application Draft

The University will be transitioning to a new IRB Application in IRBManager in mid-November. In the meantime, we are providing a draft of the application for review by the campus community. Any feedback may be submitted via email to, and we will do our best to consider any suggested changes. As part of the transition, we are asking folk to review their IRBManager accounts and clean up any old/started forms that have not been submitted. This will ensure you are submitting the most current application/forms available, and reduce any errors in the forms/processes.

IRB Members

Doreen Jowi, BU-IRB Chair

Kate Beishline
Rodger Benefiel
Father John Szada – Non-BU affiliated member
Jeffrey Leitzel
Christina Force
Carroll Walter – Non-BU affiliated member
Deborah Stryker
Cheryl Jackson

Alternate IRB Members

Kyle Beyer – Non-BU affiliated member
Joseph Andreacci
Skye Chernichky-Karcher
Luke Semrau
Erin Brummett
Scott Mehall
Denise Davidson
Susan Dauria
Shelley Scarpino

IRB Meetings and Deadlines

Committee meetings are held monthly. When needed, one summer meeting may be scheduled. Protocols must be submitted two weeks prior to a meeting date to be considered for review.

Fall 2021
September 10, 3 pm
October 15, 11 am
November 12, 3 pm
December 10, 11 am

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