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Office of Research Integrity

Institutional Review Board

**On September 29, USM switched to a new IRB submission portal, InfoEd. Protocols previously approved in Cayuse will not automatically transfer. If you plan to continue working on a previously approved project, or otherwise want to keep materials you’ve entered in Cayuse, those materials should be downloaded immediately.  USM loses Cayuse access Oct. 1.  Cayuse materials can be accessed at: 

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Workshops and Forums:

  • *October 14th, 2021 (2pm-3pm)*: InfoEd Training Session. This workshop is open to all faculty, students, and staff.  Details to follow. Register here.
  • *October 15th, 2021 (11am-12pm)*: InfoEd Training Session. This workshop is open to all faculty, students, and staff. Details to follow. Register here.

InfoEd IRB Submissions:

All IRB submissions must be done through InfoEd. For InfoEd training materials, see InfoEd FAQ and Quickstart Guides for assistance. You can also watch a video tutorial on how to navigate the new InfoEd system below:

InfoEd can be accessed at: If you have tried to access InfoEd using your USM login (w123456: The "w" must be lowercase) and password, your user information may not yet be in the InfoEd system. To be added, please fill out the InfoEd Registration Form. Uploads of new users will occur every Thursday, and users will be able to sign in by the start of the following business day. The InfoEd registration form must be completed by Wednesday to be uploaded that same week.

For additional Institutional Review Board (IRB) information not found on these pages, or for any questions involving the application process, please email irbFREEMississippi.

COVID-19 Policy (effective May 17, 2021):

Requests for on and off-campus face-to-face data collection no longer require approval from the Vice President for Research. IRB applications involving face-to-face data collection must provide safety protocols related to COVID-19. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your research project(s) please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Sam Bruton.

The IRB Application Process:

All research performed by Southern Miss faculty, staff, or students involving human subjects requires prior approval by the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure that the proposed research meets the relevant federal and institutional standards and guidelines. 

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*Data collected before formal IRB approval is received may not be used under any circumstances*. Non-compliance by faculty may result in censure, suspension of research privileges at the University, removal from graduate faculty status, and/or termination of employment. (Institutional Policies RSCH-VP-004). Students may jeopardize awarding of the degree being sought. For questions about whether or not IRB approval is needed for a particular project, contact Dr.%20Sam%20Bruton or Mrs.%20JoAnn%20Johnson.

Upon approval, Principle Investigators (PIs) will receive an electronic approval letter from the IRB Chair. Expect 3 – 4 weeks for approval from the time the form is submitted to the IRB by the School Director. For IRB sample forms and face-to-face resumption requirements click here.