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, IRB Coordinator/Assistant in the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, at x3880.

NOTE: Some committee determinations may require review of a revised proposal at a subsequent meeting of the full committee. It is strongly urged that research planned for summer be submitted for review NO LATER THAN APRIL to allow time for resubmission if required.

  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.)

h. Sample Recruiting Text

i. Sample Consent Form

j. Sample Assent Form - paragraph style. Sample Assent Form - question style

k. Sample Translator Confidentiality Agreement form

l. Examples of Human Subjects Protocols to Clark IRB

CITI Resources for January 21, 2019 (expected) compliance date of revisions to the Commonn Rules:

Overview of Common Rule revisions

Changes to Exempt Determination process

Guide to Informed Consent changes

New and revised definitions


Additional Information:

The Chair of the IRB is Dr. James P. Elliott. He is on sabbatical during the Spring 2018 semester. Inquiries shoudl be directed to interim co-Chairs: Dr. Ora Szekely at and 508-793-7360 or Dr. Robert Johnston at and 508-751-4619.