Institutional Review Board (IRB) - Coastal Carolina University
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The Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of Coastal Carolina University. The IRB is registered with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and holds the Federalwide Assurance #FWA00004137 which provides assurances that  the University will comply with all applicable federal laws and regulations related to research involving the use of humans as participants. This assurance is valid through January October 12, 2027.

IRB Review Decision Flowchart (.pdf)

To be used as a guide to assist faculty, staff and students in determining if an activity is research involving human subjects that must be reviewed by an IRB under the requirements of the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) regulations at 45 CFR part 46.

FOR FACULTY ASSIGNING STUDENTS COURSEWORK INVOLVING THE USE OF HUMAN SUBJECTS, please refer to the  to determine whether an IRB Review or Notice will be required.

Required Training for Research Involving Human Subjects

Completion of IRB-approved training is required of all Coastal Carolina University faculty, staff and students conducting research with human participants or animal subjects. The University has contracted with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to provide a comprehensive online modular training program, which is used by universities nationwide.

Responsible Conduct of Research training (through CITI Program, NIH or other) must be completed and certification filed with the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services before your IRB protocol can be submitted. If you have not received certification, please go to the CITI website to complete your training requirements.

CITI Program Registration Instructions(.pdf)

Faculty & Staff Researchers

Student Researchers


For questions or more information, please contact:

Patty Carter, IRB Coordinator
Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services
160 K Coastal Science Center
Conway, SC  29528

Stephanie Cassavaugh, IRB Administrator
Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services

Board Members

Dr. Jonathan Trerise (Chair), Philosophy & Religious Studies

Dr. Taylor Damonte, Director of Brittain Center/Blanton Endowed Professor

Deni Gibbs, Community Member At-large

Dr. Justin Guilkey, Kinesiology

Dr. Hugh Lamont, Kinesiology

Dr. Catherine Scott, Foundations, Curriculum & Instruction

Dr. Kerry Schwanz, Psychology


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