Institutional Review Board

The IRB is a independent regulatory board of the University operating under a Federalwide Assurance (FWA) with the Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Its actions are performed in accordance with ethical principles highlighted in The Belmont Report and must conform with all other applicable federal, state, local laws and regulations.

The Board is authorized and responsible for (1) the review and approval of of each research project involving human subjects research according to federal regulations; 2) assuring that the ethical principles identified in the Belmont Report (Respect for Persons, Beneficence and Justice) will not be violated by the experimental procedures; 3) ensuring that subjects will be fully informed of any physical, legal, psychological, or financial risks they may incur, and 4) ensuring that the subjects and/or parents/legal guardians freely consent and/or assent prior to participation.

The IRB is also charged with the education of faculty, students and staff on topics of ethical responsibility for the protection of research participants.

IRB Calendar of Meetings

Monthly IRB Meetings for 2020-2021

The Academic Year IRB meetings occur the 3rd Wednesday each month except as noted, and are held in Dickinson Hall, Cybercrime Conference Room. Exempt and Expedited applications accepted and reviewed during summer months.

Monthly IRB Meetings

Meeting DatesDue Date
July 2020 (Summer Break)No Meeting (see below)
August 2020 (Summer Break)No Meeting (see below)
Wednesday, September 16, 2020September 9, 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020October 14, 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020November 11, 2020
December 2020 (Winter Break)No Meeting (see below)
Wednesday, January 20, 2021January 13, 2021
Wednesday, February 17, 2021February, 10, 2021
Wednesday, March 18, 2021March, 10, 2021
Wednesday, April 21, 2021April, 14, 2021

Summer 2020 (May through August) and December 2020 Review Schedule

ONLY exempt and expedited projects are reviewed during December and the summer months. During the summer months, from the end of June to August 7, 2020, the IRB office is closed on Fridays. Please note that projects submitted close to winter break will not be reviewed until the office re-opens in January 2021.

IRB Committee Membership