IRB Reviewer Resources

Training Steps for New IRB Reviewers

The SJSU IRB has an expedited review process in which a single IRB reviewer evaluates a research protocol to determine whether the protection of human subjects in research has been ensured. Full review by all committee members can be selected when needed. To begin reviewing IRB protocols:

  1. Notify the IRB coordinator and the current IRB chair (see contact info below) that you have been appointed to serve on the IRB. The IRB coordinator will provide you with a packet containing samples of previously reviewed protocols and instructions for protocol review.

  2. Complete the online IRB training module and send the IRB coordinator a hardcopy of your training certificate. Make sure that you select the module for IRB reviewers.

  3. Review the SJSU Human Subjects Policy

  4. Review IRB procedures, forms, and related materials on this website.

Reviewer Availability and IRB Meetings

  • Communicate your availability to the IRB coordinator; if you will be out of town for a longer period of time, please notify the coordinator, so that protocols are not sent to you. Keep in mind that extended periods of unavailability result in other reviewers having to take more protocols. Reviewers are expected to return protocols that they have reviewed to the IRB coordinator within 25 business days or sooner.

  • IRB meetings are usually held once a month. The meeting schedule and location will be determined by the IRB chairat the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. A reminder email will be sent out a day prior to the meeting. Please be sure to check your email in case a meeting is canceled.

IRB Meeting Schedule - Fall 2013

All meetings this semester will be held via WebEx unless otherwise specified by the IRB chair. For a link to the WebEx meetings, please contact the IRB chair, Kristen Rebmann. Please be sure to check your email in case a meeting is canceled.

  • September 20: 10am-11am.
  • October 18: 10am-11am.
  • November 15: 10am-11am.
  • December 6: 10am-11am.

IRB Contact and Membership Information

Alena Filip
IRB & Thesis Coordinator
Office of Graduate Studies & Research, 0025
Administration Building, Room 223
408-924-2479
Alena.Filip@sjsu.edu

Dr. Kristen Rebmann
IRB Chair and Professor in the School of Library and Information Science
408-924-2490
Kristen.Rebmann@sjsu.edu

Dr. Pamela Stacks
Institutional Officer and Associate Vice President of Graduate Studies & Research
408-924-2427
Pamela.Stacks@sjsu.edu

Current IRB members: Committee membership information is posted and updated on the Academic Senate website.

Federal Regulations

Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)