University of Evansville IRB Organization: IORG Number 0005700
IRB Registration Number: 00006870 Expires 08/23/2024
Federal Assurance (FWA) Number: 00015097 Expires 08/26/2026

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

a. Function: The IRB has four primary functions: 1) the review and approval of all research proposals conducted by University of Evansville faculty, staff, or students when human subjects are involved; 2) review and approval of all research proposals conducted by University of Evansville faculty, staff, or students when non-human animals covered by the Animal Welfare Act (parts 2131-2156 of Title 7 of the United States Code) are involved as subjects; 3) oversight of the Animal Facility in Koch Center, and 4) investigation of allegations of a failure by any member of the University of Evansville community to adhere to research integrity standards.

b. Membership: The IRB shall be appointed jointly by the Chair of the Faculty Senate and the SVPAA. The IRB composition will be in accord with § 46.107 of Title 45, Part 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations and the Animal Welfare Act. The IRB will include at least five members of the faculty and one member not affiliated with the University of Evansville. In addition, one physician (MD or DO) and one Doctor of Veterinary Medicine will be appointed by the President to the IRB.

c. Guiding Principles: The IRB will act in accord with Part 45 of Title 46 of the United States Code, Parts 2131-2156 of Title 7 of the United States Code (the “Animal Welfare Act”), the Declaration of Helsinki (as amended), and all other United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Health and Human Services policies regarding the care of animals and the use of humans and non-human animals in research.

Research proposals may be reviewed by all members of the IRB (“full review”) or fewer than all members of the IRB (“expedited review”). A third category is “exempt from review”; the determination of whether a proposal is exempt from review must be made by the IRB, not the investigator. All proposed research will be submitted to the chair of the IRB; a single paper copy and an electronic copy are required, but additional copies may be required if the research is not exempt from review. It strongly recommended that all student projects be submitted by at least the mid-way point in the semester which they are to be completed. A sample proposal, as well as a template are available on AceLink. An example of the Informed Consent documentation for anonymous survey research is also on AceLink.

Membership of the IRB Committee for the 2022-2023 academic year

  • Dr. Kate Schwartzkopf-Phifer, Department of Physical Therapy, IRB Administrator and Chair
  • Dr. Patricia Andueza, Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures
  • Dr. Kevin Gray, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
  • Dr. Kathryn Lee-Kalsch, Deaconess Hospital
  • Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, Department of Public Health

If you have questions about the IRB or would like to submit a proposal, please email