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The NJCU Institutional Review Board

The New Jersey City University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an administrative body that protects the rights and welfare of human research subjects. The Board was created in accordance with rules maintained by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), specifically the Code of Federal Regulations, 45 CFR 46.101b. The actions of the NJCU IRB also follow all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations as well as NJCU policies governing the protection of human research participants. 

The IRB assures that research pursued with the cooperation of human participants is conducted ethically and in full compliance with mandatory directives. As required by federal policy, the NJCU IRB is directed by a Chair and is comprised of members with multidisciplinary expertise and backgrounds. The IRB employs a group deliberation process to assess proposed research protocols and related materials. 

All research involving human participants must be reviewed and approved by the NJCU IRB before such research is initiated. Studies that qualify as human subjects research include those in which data, samples, or specimens are collected from human participants in the course of investigation, and those which utilize data, samples, or specimens gathered from human participants at some prior time, either by the active researchers or by another party.

The policy applies to

  • Any research, whether new, ongoing, or proposed, regardless of funding status and source, whether conducted at NJCU or elsewhere, by anyone affiliated with NJCU, including faculty, staff, and students.

  • Any person performing research under the auspices of another organization at NJCU.

  • Any investigator(s) from outside the NJCU community intending to perform research on members of the NJCU community or on its campus, with the additional requirement that he/she must designate an NJCU faculty or staff member to serve as principal or co-principal investigator.

The IRB Application Process

For questions, please email:

Kelly Resch, IRB Administrator, at
Dr. Meriem Bendaoud, NJCU IRB Chair, at