ETD IRB Approval

Marshall University is committed to ensuring our research is conducted ethically. To ensure we reach this goal, there are two requirements for each ETD:

  • Each ETD student must complete the online ETD training. The completed verification form must be on file before the ETD can be reviewed. The training should be completed before research is initiated.
  • Each ETD document must have a letter from the Office of Research Integrity when it is submitted. The approval must be obtained before research is initiated.

Please continue reading for additional information on the letter that each ETD must have from the Office or Research Integrity.


All Marshall University theses/dissertations that involve human subject research are subject to the Code of Federal Regulations 45CFR46. The conduct of human subject research for a thesis/dissertation without approval from the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) results in a violation of those federal regulations. Marshall University has agreed to abide by all regulations regarding human subject research. This includes all research done on behalf of the university, including theses and dissertations.

Approval from the Office of Research Integrity

Consequently, all ETD students must contact the ORI before starting any research project. To do this, send a copy of the abstract in an email to Bruce Day, the Director of ORI.

  • If the thesis/dissertation requires Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval for human or animal research, then you will be directed to the appropriate coordinator for assistance.
  • If the Director of ORI deems that your research does not involve human/animal subject research, you will receive a letter stating that determination.

Letter of approval

Every thesis/dissertation must include a letter indicating approval of the project. You will either have an IRB approval letter or a letter from the Director of ORI stating that your thesis/dissertation does not involve human subject research. Include this letter in Appendix A of your thesis. A thesis/dissertation without this letter will not be accepted for review.

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