Wayne State College

Institutional Review Board

Wayne State College HSIRB abides by the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45: Public Welfare, developed under the Department of Health and Human Services division of the National Institutes of Health, Office for the Protection From Research Risks, Part 46: Protection of Human Subjects (July 19, 2018). This policy was developed as a guide to ethical research involving human subjects. The goal is to protect vulnerable individuals from unnecessary harm while maximizing the potential benefits resulting from research. It is the responsibility of all researchers to be knowledgeable of and follow Federal Guidelines for ethical research involving human subjects. Failure to do so not only compromises the integrity of the entire WSC community but may jeopardize federal funding for WSC.

WSC HSIRB has been approved by the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) in Washington D.C. to approve federally funded human subjects research through Wayne State College. Our official IRB Number is IRB00012715 Wayne State College IRB #1. In addition, the WSC HSIRB has received a federal-wide assurance (FWA) number, FWA00029970, that informs federal agencies that the board is an approved IRB for federally funded research projects and grants. 


The Wayne State Institutional Review Board members

Ciera Afrank, ext. 7531

JoAnn Bondhus, ext. 7412

Buffany DeBoer, ext. 7046

Valerie Knight, ext. 7443

Michael Marek (non-WSC), 605-624-2332

Paul McCawley, ext. 7110

Rusty Ruth, ext. 7422

Jeff Shelton (chair), ext. 7296

Ben Vilkas, ext. 7273

Michael White, ext. 7105


Meetings and Proposal Deadlines

Location and times: All meetings are held from 2 to 3 p.m. in Benthack Hall, Room 112.

Meeting Proposal Due Date
Sept. 15, 2023 Sept. 1, 2023
Oct. 20 Oct. 6
Nov. 17 Nov. 3
Dec. 15 Dec. 1
Jan. 26, 2024 Jan. 12, 2024
Feb. 23 Feb. 16
March 22 March 15
April 19 April 12

*Due dates are for proposals seeking full board approval. Proposals seeking either exempt or expedited approval may be submitted at any time and expect a response within 14 days of submission.


Attention applicants: Please go to the site below to find all documents and procedures on how to proceed with your IRB Proposal.

IRB Documents and Procedures


Helpful Links

Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

Belmont Report: Office of the Secretary Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research The National Commission

Institutional Review Board information sheets

45 CFR 46 Guidlines


Questions and Concerns

Have questions or concerns about research, subject rights, and research-related injury?

Submit Your Question/Concern