Institutional Review Board (IRB)

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

Director - Sadie Hauck
IRB Chair - Dr. Jeffrey Leitzel
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

IRB Members

Dr. Jeffrey Leitzel, BU-IRB Chair

Dr. William Schwindinger
Dr. Roger Benefiel
Father John Szada – Non-BU affiliated member
Dr. Doreen Jowi
Ms. Carroll Walter – Non-BU affiliated member
Dr. Craig Young
Dr. Cheryl Jackson

Alternate IRB Members

Dr. Kyle Beyer
Dr. Skye Chernichky-Karcher
Dr. Wendy Lee
Dr. Erin Brummett
Dr. Christina Force
Dr. Beth Rogowsky
Dr. Susan Dauria
Dr. 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 2019
September 13, 3 p.m.
October 11, 8 a.m.
November 8, 3 p.m.

Spring 2020
January 24, 11 a.m.
February 21, 3 p.m.
March 20, 11 a.m.
May 1, 3 p.m.