Institutional Review Board (IRB)


Congratulations to the Class of 2016!!!

The 2016-2017 IRB Meeting Schedule is COMING SOON!! Please check back over the summer.

The Grants & Sponsored Projects/IRB Office will be closed on Fridays starting June 17, 2016 until August 5, 2016. Please note only Exempt and Expedited projects are reviewed over the Summer.

Human Research Protection Web-based Training

All faculty, students and staff conducting research with human subjects are required to complete training in human research protection. 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: 06/03/2016

Off of that, I’ve morphed into an area where I’m trying to understand learning styles and in particular how learning online can map into somebody’s learning style.

FDU: What are your first priorities?

AR: Between now and September, I’m meeting with every faculty member.

My first job here is to facilitate the jobs of everybody else at Silberman—that means faculty and staff. I need to do whatever I can to make their jobs easier so that they can accomplish their goals.

The word I like to start off with is “imagine.” I want people to imagine what Silberman and FDU will look like a year, two years, five years, ten years from now. The challenge is not creating the vision, but succeeding in accomplishing it.

FDU: What’s your vision for Silberman?

AR: Most  great universities, with the exception of some Ivy League institutions, have a strong school or college of business. You could almost look at it like being an anchor store at a mall. You can’t be a silo. What I’d like to see Silberman do is become an integral part of every single program across the University. We have our own programs to develop and deliver, but we need to make sure that we can support non-business programs on campus to help them achieve their fullest potential.

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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