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Institutional Review Board

Schedules and Policies

The IRB reviews proposals for research involving human participants on campus. If you will be conducting such research outside the United States please review the Beloit College IRB Procedures for Research Outside the USA.

The Review Process

Proposals submitted to the IRB will likely be of two varieties, those that require standard review and those that require expedited review. Proposals requiring standard review will need to be evaluated by the entire committee that usually meets once a month. Expedited review requires only the evaluation of the chair of the IRB, and as a result, is often completed more quickly. If you are not sure how to characterize your proposal please select the appropriate links above, or contact the chair of the IRB.

Submitting Proposals

The committee requires that proposals be submitted using the on-line submittal form. Most proposals will require an acknowledgement and consent form. Please create your consent form based on the template provided.


Submit proposals for standard review at least one month prior to the meeting time. Proposals submitted for expedited review should allow up to two months of processing time.

Summer Research

The IRB does not meet formally during the summer. This means that if you plan to conduct summer research involving human participants you should plan to have your proposals ready for review for the last meeting in May. This is especially true for proposals requiring standard review. Proposals requiring expedited review are more easily reviewed during the summer. However, be sure to allow additional time for review, considering many faculty members travel during the summer.