Human Research Participant Protection

Institutional Review Board

Norman Campus


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and 16 other federal departments and agencies have issued a Final Rule to delay for an additional 6 months the general compliance date for changes recently made to the revised Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (also known as the Common Rule). 

The Final Rule delays the effective date and general compliance date for the revised Common Rule to January 21, 2019, providing regulated entities additional time to prepare to implement these revisions.

The Final Rule has been put on public display by the Office of the Federal Register and can be accessed at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/19/2018-13187/protection-of-human-subjects-delay-of-general-compliance-date



The Office of Human Research Participant Protection (HRPP) and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) would like to welcome our new faculty and those returning in our research community.

The HRPP is the University's established program designed to support the University’s commitment to the protection of human participants in research. The IRB is responsible for reviewing research submissions that involve human subjects and assess that it adequately meets the criteria for approval set forth by the federal and state regulations and OU policies and procedures.

Organization Structure

The HRPP is a University-wide integrated office with the Organizational Official overseeing the HRPP Program at all campuses. The HRPP office located on the OU Health Sciences Center (HSC) campus has five IRB’s and the HRPP office on the OU Norman campus (NC) has two IRB’s. The Organizational Chart located on the IRB website provides an overview of the structure of the organization and its relationships:


Anil Gollahalli, Vice President of the University and General Counsel, is responsible for the Office of Human Research Participant Protection (HRPP), through the Director of Compliance, and is obligated to promote and foster ethical integrity involving research and other activities.


Sandra Nettleton, Director of Compliance, has direct oversight of the Norman Campus Office of HRPP and reports to the Vice President of the University and General Counsel. She is responsible for oversight of the operation of the Office of HRPP for Norman Campus including staffing, budget, and performance of the HRPP.


Dr. Randall Hewes, Interim Vice President for Research,  is designated by the Senior Vice President and Provost as the Institutional Official for the Norman Campus. Dr. Hewes is responsible for the conduct of human research and is the signatory official for the OHRP Federal Wide Assurance (FWA), all authorization agreements, and Department of Defense addenda. His other main responsibilities include the authority to provide the necessary means to operate the HRPP program and enforce the independent nature of the relationship of the IRB within the University.

We operate as an accredited institution through the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). AAHRPP accreditation indicates that we follow rigorous standards for ethics, quality, and protections for human research. By earning the AAHRPP seal, we have affirmed our commitment to protecting research participants.

Office Contact Information
Phone: (405) 325-8110

Email: irb@ou.edu

Click here to access the electronic submission system (iRIS): https://iris.ou.edu

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 Institutional Commitment to the Protection of Human Research Participants