Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (HSIRB)

The Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (HSIRB) is a local review board, established by the WMU Board of Trustees in accord with federal regulations, to interpret and apply federal regulations, state law, and research sponsor requirements for the use of human subjects in research. The HSIRB is charged with the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects in research conducted under the aegis of Western Michigan University.


The three basic ethical principles that guide the HSIRB are derived from the Belmont Report and they are respect for persons, beneficence, and justice.

By submitting a protocol to HSIRB:

  • Investigators comply with university policy and federal regulations.
  • Investigators promote the protection of the rights and welfare of research participants.
  • Students learn about the ethical conduct of human research.
  • HSIRB Review Process Map

HSIRB Training

Application Forms

To access HSIRB forms for your initial application, continuing review or final report, and class project registration, visit the Compliance Forms section.

Additional information, materials, and resources:

Additional Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? Email the research compliance coordinator

Office of the Vice President for Research
Western Michigan University
210 W Walwood Hall
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5456 USA
(269) 387-8298 | (269) 387-8276 Fax