Institutional Review Board


Congratulations to the Class of 2014! Please find the NEW schedule of IRB meetings here: 2014-2015 academic year meeting schedule. Please adhere to all deadlines for full review projects.

Closure of the IRB- Fridays Summer 2014

The Institutional Review Board will be closed on Fridays starting Friday, June 13 until Friday, August 1, 2014. The office will be open on Fridays starting Friday, August 8, 2014.

Relocation of Grants Office- Summer 2014

Due to construction on Becton Hall, the Grants Office has been relocated to Dickinson Hall until approximately August 26, 2014. If you need to meet with Kim Diccianni, an appointment will need to be scheduled. Please call and leave a message at 201-692-2219 or e-mail: with your questions and availability. A return call or e-mail will occur as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and assistance during the construction.

NEW Human Research Protection Web-based Training

FDU has licensed the Collaborative Institution Training Initiative (CITI) program for web-based training in human research subject protection, responsible conduct of research, animal care & use, and export control. The training and information may be accessed here:

Please note the NIH Human Research Subject Protection Training will no longer be accepted. Training expires in three (3) years from the date of last completion. If you need to update your training, please complete CITI as required. If you have any questions, please contact 201-692-2219.

NEW Forms Posted

New and revised IRB Application forms can be found NOW at "IRB Forms, Templates and Guidance Documents". Please note that the IRB will no longer acccept proposals using old forms.

NEW Forms:

Amendment/Project Change Application

Debriefing Form Template


Exempt Review- New Project Application

Full/Expedited Review- New Project Application 

Please check this site periodically for announcements, updates and form revisions. Feel free to contact the IRB Human Research Compliance Manager with any questions.


Mission and Purpose


The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) was created to ensure and enhance the protection of the rights and welfare of human research subjects as well as enhance the education of students, faculty and staff about their ethical responsibility to protect research participants. All research involving human subjects are reviewed prior to initiation and at continuing intervals as required in the regulations, to ensure compliance with all ethical, professional, community, federal and state standards. The procedures and regulations followed by the IRB are in compliance with the Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). In regards to the review and conduct of research, actions by the Board will be performed in accordance with the ethical principles highlighted in The Belmont Report and DHHS policies and regulations at 45 CFR 46. Actions will also conform to all other applicable federal, state, local laws and regulations.


The Board is authorized to and responsible for the review of each research project to determine: (1) approval of human subjects research according to federal regulations; 2) ethical principles identified in the Belmont Report (Respect for Persons, Beneficence and Justice) will not be violated by the experimental procedures; 3) that all subjects will be fully informed of any physical, legal, psychological, or financial risks they may incur, and 4) that the subjects and/or parents/legal guardians freely consent and/or assent prior to participation. The existence of the IRB is a condition with which the University must comply to accept federal funding, including student financial aid, scholarships, and research grants. No research project using human subjects may be undertaken without the Board’s prior approval.

Updated: 06/12/2014

Contact Information

Kim Diccianni, CIP
IRB Compliance Manager
Metropolitan Campus
Becton Hall, Room 200
1000 River Road
MailStop T-BE2-02
Phone: 201-692-2219
Fax: 201-692-2102

William Pat Schuber, JD
IRB Chair
Metropolitan Campus
1000 River Road
MailStop H-DH2-13
Phone: 201-692-7174
Fax: 201-692-2102