Research Involving Human Subjects (IRB)
Associate Professor, Psychology
Old Nursing, room 108
Office of Sponsored Programs
Room C117B, Anderson Center
(336) 750-2982 (p)
Winston-Salem State University IRB Process
Winston-Salem State University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) is the committee responsible for ensuring the protection of human subjects partnering in research studies at Winston-Salem State University. The IRB is charged with this task while facilitating research that is consistent with long-standing ethical principles and federal, state and university regulations. All research that involves human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to initiation.
1. Review the WSSU IRB MANUAL and the Guide to the IRB Process.
2. Complete required CITI training.
3. Apply either via hard copy or email. For all Application Documents,
please refer to the panel to the right. Researchers from all departments
will need to submit their applications on paper or via email
to the Compliance Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs.
Email your complete application to firstname.lastname@example.org for a pre-review. The Compliance Officer will email the results of the preview generally 5 to 7 business days after submission. Once the pre-review is complete, deliver or mail your completed application and a signed and dated cover application to the Compliance Officer in C117B Anderson. If a scanner is available, you may send your completed application by fax to OSP (336-750-2412).
4. Once the Compliance Officer receives the completed application with
all appropriate signatures and supporting documents, the IRB will
review the submission and Compliance Officer will email the results of
the IRB review generally 7 business days after the review. The official
IRB letter of approval, conditions of approval, and informed consent will follow.
7. Retain IRB records and accompanying documentation for as long as they are scientifically useful.
8. The Office of Sponsored programs associates all WSSU IRB documentation with our designated
federal wide assurance number: FWA00000214.
What is a Federal wide Assurance (FWA)?
The Federal wide Assurance (FWA) is the only type of assurance of compliance accepted and approved by OHRP for institutions engaged in non-exempt human subjects research conducted or supported by HHS. Under an FWA, an institution commits to HHS that it will comply with the requirements set forth in 45 CFR part 46, as well as the Terms of Assurance. FWAs also are approved by OHRP for federal wide use, which means that other federal departments and agencies that have adopted the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (also known as the Common Rule) may rely on the FWA for the research that they conduct or support. Institutions engaging in research conducted or supported by non-HHS federal departments or agencies should consult with the sponsoring department or agency for guidance regarding whether the FWA is appropriate for the research in question. There is a single version of the FWA and the Terms of Assurance for domestic (U.S.) institutions and international (non-U.S.) institutions.