Protecting Human Research Participants

Marywood University's Human Research Protection Program safeguards the rights and welfare of all individuals participating in research performed at Marywood or sponsored by the University.

Two boards review research involving human participants:

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The IRB reviews, approves, and monitors all research involving human participants that qualifies for full or expedited review.

Exempt Review Committee (ERC)

The Exempt Review Committee reviews, approves, and monitors all research that qualifies for exemption.

All applications to the IRB or ERC must be submitted electronically at

Contact Information

For Questions about IRB/ERC Requirements or Help with IRBNet:

Research Graduate Assistant
Immaculata Hall, Room 108B
Phone: (570) 348-6211, x.2418


Courene M. Loftus, MPA, CIP
Director of Human Participants Protection & Research Compliance
Immaculata Hall, Room 102
Phone: (570) 961-4782