Office of Sponsored Programs and Research

Red Square Clark University Worcester MA

Human Subjects/Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Clark University has an Institutional Review Board (IRB) which is responsible for ensuring research conducted by faculty, staff, and students, protects the rights and welfare of human subjects.  The point of contact for IRB matters is Diane Sainsbury, Assistant in the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, at x3880.

  1. Human Subjects Policy
  2. Revised IRB Proposal Application with Required Checklist (.doc)
    (This downloadable document can be completed using Microsoft Word, saved and then emailed back to the research office with other supporting documents as required to: REQUIRED: Completed application, checklist, consent forms, study instruments and other attachments must be merged and submitted to the IRB as ONE Word document.
  3. Anonymous Survey Application (Anonymous surveys are conducted on a rolling basis. You do not need to wait for a regular IRB meeting. This application is completed online.)
  4. Course Approval Form
  5. Exemptions
  6. Sample Request for Exemption Application
  7. Continuing Review Form

(This downloadable form may be used to extend an approval or close an approval. To extend the approval, form should be completed and returned to the email address 14 days prior to the approval expiration date. If a continuing review form to extend an approval for ongoing research is not received by the expiration date, the approval will expire.)

i. Sample Recruiting Text

j. Sample Consent Form

k. Sample Assent Form - paragraph style

l. Sample Assent Form - question style

m. Examples of Human Subjects Protocols to Clark IRB

Additional Information:


The Chair of the IRB is Dr. James P. Elliott at 508-793-7152.