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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Review, oversight, and approval for research involving human participants.

Colleges, universities, and other institutions where research is carried out have established committees, often called Institutional Review Boards or IRBs, whose responsibilities are to provide ethical oversight for research projects carried out by members of the institution, to protect the rights and safety of persons participating in the research project, and, at the same time, to safeguard the academic freedom of researchers.

Proposals & Requirements

All proposals must be sent to IRB using the online Institutional Review Board (IRB) Submission Form. Researchers are strongly encouraged to look over the form and prepare their answers and documents ahead of time.

In addition to the questions in the form, you will be required to provide:

  1. The data-collection instrument you will use, already prepared, such as a copy of a questionnaire, interview protocols, test procedures, etc.
  2. An information for participants script or document, outlining the details of the project: what you are doing, how you plan to use the participant’s information, and how it may affect them. Please use the Information for Participants template (docx) to guide your work.

You may also be required to provide the following materials:

  1. A consent statement, such as the initial text at the start of an electronic survey or a written form participants will sign.
  2. Debriefing text, thanking the participants, providing additional details about the research, inviting questions or learn about the results, and providing contact with a counselor, if needed. A debrief is deemed essential, strongly encouraged for inclusion, and required for research where deception is used.


The IRB committee meets once a month, and is responsible for reviewing all proposals for research involving human subjects.

Committee Chair

Greg Buchanan
Room 204, South College

Proposal Types

There are two types of review, standard and expedited. Regardless, researchers are strongly encouraged to be proactive and submit their proposals well in advance of their planned research. If you have any questions about which type to pursue, please contact the chair of the IRB committee.

Standard Review

  • Evaluated by the entire committee which meets once a month.
  • Proposals should be submitted at least one month prior to the committee’s meeting time.

Expedited Review

  • Evaluated only by the chair of the IRB.
  • Proposals should be submitted as soon as possible, allowing up to two months of processing time.

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