Institutional Review Board

Savannah State University (SSU) has an established Institutional Review Board (IRB) which is responsible for reviewing proposed research involving human subjects to ensure that the rights and welfare of the subjects are protected.

Projects involving human subjects at SSU must have IRB approval prior to project initiation.

Research involving human subjects falls under the oversight of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). An overview of federal law and regulations governing human subjects research and SSU guidelines is provided here:

SSU IRB Guidelines

The university maintains a Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) with the OHRP, and the SSU IRB is registered with the OHRP.

SSU Assurance & IRB Registration with HHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)
Filing Registration # Expiration Date
Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) FWA00012460 January 3, 2020
Institutional Review Board (IRB) IRB00006270 January 3, 2020

Request for IRB Review

Faculty, staff, and students who plan to conduct research involving human subjects (including surveys) must submit a request for IRB review and obtain approval by the IRB for the proposed research before the research can be initiated.  

Prior to initiation of the research, the investigator must also complete the Human Subjects Research (HSR) module of the CITI training service.

Required Application Package

To request review of the proposed research involving human subjects, the investigator must submit the following to

1. Request for IRB Review 

2. Summary of proposed research protocol - attach to Request for IRB review form

3. Proposed Testing/Survey instrument(s) - attach to Request for IRB review form

4. Certificate of completion of Human Subjects Research module of CITI - attach to Request for IRB review form

5. Consent Form 

Members of SSU IRB

Chair, SSU Institutional Review Board  

Dr. Lisa Yount
Associate Professor, Philosophy
Savannah State University
Payne Hall 127
3219 College Street
Savannah, GA 31404
Telephone (912) 358-3328

Complete Membership of IRB