An institutional review board (IRB)- Oversees biomedical and behavioral research involving humans and ensures appropriate steps are taken to protect the participants. 

Procedure Overview

Training- All researchers involved in studies that use human subjects should complete the NIH course on protecting Human Research Participants and submit a copy of their certificate of completion to the IRB Chair. (Link to the training can be found on the IRB Moodle site)

Timeline- We strive to review IRB protocols within two weeks of submission but this may not always be the case, researchers must plan ahead. 

Exemptions- According to Juniata IRB policy, ONLY the IRB can determine if a study is exempt. This is done by reviewing a completed IRB protocol form. 


  • IRB approval must be received before data can be collected!
  • Any study using human subjects that might be presented at NCUR or LAS could potentially be classified as research and must be reviewed by the IRB
  • Non compliance has larger implications than just our IRB so faculty and students need to be aware of basic procedures. It's best to ask questions if anything is unclear. 


IRB Chair:

Roy Nagle, Director of Environmental Health & Safety


Phone: (814) 641-3555

IRB Secretary:

Leslie Leckvarcik


Phone: (814) 641-3665

IRB Members:

Hannah Bellwoar

Genesis Diaz, Student Member

Chris Grant

Dawn Hayes

Wade Roberts, "Non-Scientist" Member

George Thorpe, External Member

Alternate IRB Members:

Jennifer Streb, Alternate "Non-Scientist" Member

Other Information? 

Please refer to the IRB Moodle site for additional information or contact the IRB Chair.