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 2019-2020

The 2018-2019 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
September 18, 2019September 11, 2019
October 16, 2019October 9, 2019
November 20, 2019November 13, 2019
December 2019 (Winter Break)No Meeting (see below)
January 15, 2020January 8, 2020
February 19, 2020February 12, 2020
March 18, 2020March 11, 2020
April 15, 2020April 8, 2020
May 2020 (Summer Break)No Meeting (see below)
June 2020 (Summer Break)No Meeting (see below)
July 2020 (Summer Break)No Meeting (see below)
August 2020 (Summer Break)No Meeting (see below)

December 2019 and Summer 2020 Review Schedule (May through August)

ONLY exempt and expedited projects are reviewed during December and the summer months. Please note that projects submitted close to Winter Break will not be reviewed until the office re-opening in January, 2020. 2019 dates: June 14, 2019 to August 2, 2019. Summer 2020 dates are currently pending.

IRB Committee Membership