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Institutional Review Board

For the 2022-2023 academic year, the IRB will temporarily pause all review of submitted protocols according to the dates listed below. We thank you in advance for your understanding.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022 through Monday, January 2, 2023
Monday, May 1, 2023 through Sunday, May 7, 2023
Monday, July 17, 2023 through Monday, July 24, 2023


The purpose of the PLNU Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to serve the campus community by ensuring that all research involving human participants will meet or exceed federal guidelines governing such research.

Researchers/investigators are required to submit an IRB proposal and must receive an official IRB Approval Letter BEFORE starting research data collection.

Note: Processing and response to any IRB submission may take up to 7 to 10 days. Please plan accordingly.

We recognize that the administrative hurdles imposed by these guidelines are often daunting for aspiring researchers, and our goal is to help you navigate this important process. To that end, we have converted the research proposal submission process to an electronic system. Although it isn't perfect, the new system is designed to ease the paperwork burden for student and faculty researchers, decrease wait times required for you to receive feedback, and increase the efficiency and record keeping abilities of the board.

Using this system, you may:

If you have any feedback, questions, or concerns please email

Best wishes with all your research endeavors!