Office of Research Assurances

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

About IRB

Human subject research at WSU is coordinated through the Institutional Review Board (IRB).
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Washington State University (WSU) is responsible for the review and approval of all research activities involving human subjects. The IRB is charged with protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects to ensure that all are treated physically, psychologically and socially in such a way as to minimize embarrassment and stress, and to avoid harm or other negative effects in compliance with the federal, state and university regulations. All research activities involving human subjects conducted by WSU faculty, staff and students must be approved by the IRB regardless of the funding source or location and prior to initiating any portion of the activity. It is especially important that graduate students who use data from human subjects for theses and dissertations be fully aware of this policy. Failure to comply with the IRB review may make it impossible for these documents to be accepted by the Graduate School.
Office of Research Assurances, P.O. Box 643143, Neill Room 427, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-3143
If you have any questions, please contact the IRB at or (509) 335-7646.