The next full board review is on December 1, 2015.

The Institutional Review Board Office will Close for the Holidays

Due to University of St. Thomas closures during the holidays, the Institutional Review Board Office will be closed at 4:30pm on Tuesday, December 22nd and will re-open at 8:00am on Monday, January 4th. Investigators are encouraged to plan ahead for this closure. New applications and submitted revisions will not be reviewed during the holiday closure. The final IRB meeting for fall semester is at 11:45am on Tuesday, December 15th. IRB meetings for projects requiring full review will resume on Tuesday, January 12th. Investigators must submit projects by Tuesday, January 5th to be considered for the January 12th meeting.

New Application for Initial Review

Screenshot of new Application for Initial Review

‌The new Application for Initial Review is available beginning October 1st! Now you’ll be able to use just one form to apply for review on The Application for Initial Review replaces the UST-IRB Application, Lay Summary, Participant Information, Informed Consent, Risks and Benefits, and Confidentiality of Data Forms. Please note that these forms will no longer be accepted; the Application for Initial Review should be completed for all new projects after October 1st. To download the new application, please visit or preview it here: Application for Initial Review.

What is an Institutional Review Board (IRB)?

It is the responsibility of all investigators to ensure the respect and welfare of every research participant. The Institutional Review Board's purpose is to review proposed research studies to safeguard the rights, safety, and welfare of people involved in its research activities conducted at or sponsored by the University of St. Thomas. The IRB assures compliance with governing federal regulations put forth by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The University is officially registered in a FederalWide Assurance, through which the University assures that its activities related to human subjects research, regardless of the sources of support, will be approved by the IRB. The IRB is guided by both federal regulations and the basic principles set forth in the Belmont Report: respect for persons, beneficence, and justice.

As a Catholic institution, the mission of the University of St. Thomas obligates members of the college community "to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good." Therefore, the University community must strive to ensure the respect and welfare of every research participant.

For more information:

Sarah Muenster-Blakley, M.A.
Director, Institutional Review Board

Helpful Links

Grants and Research Office
Office for Human Research Protections
National Institutes of Health

All applications and supporting materials must be submitted through