We encourage and facilitate the research endeavors of SU faculty, students, and staff while ensuring that human research participants receive the highest ethical protections. In addition to the protocol review process, the IRB offers pre-submission consultations (for students as well as seasoned researchers) to assist with preparing your protocol submission. If you have questions at any stage, we're here to help.
Always download and submit the most recent forms from our website! Send paper submissions to Admin 201 and electronic applications to email@example.com (electronic submissions must be signed by PIs and faculty advisers).
Although many activities conducted by faculty, students, and staff may be labeled as research, the IRB reviews only those projects meeting all three criteria established by Federal regulations:
Source: Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45, Public Welfare, Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Office for Protection from Research Risks, Part 46, Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter, 45 CFR 46).
Activities that meet these criteria constitute research for purposes of this policy, whether or not they are conducted or supported under a program considered research for other purposes (e.g., some demonstration and service programs may include research activities.)
Board Summer: Due to board turnover and faculty schedules, the
IRB will consider only exempt and expedited submissions over summer.
Full-board deadlines fall on Fridays, two weeks prior to the full-board meeting. Deadlines/meetings for Fall Quarter 2014 are as follows:
Sept 12 / Sept. 26
Oct. 10 / Oct. 24
Nov. 7 / Nov. 21
Submissions for Exempt and Expedited Reviews may occur any
time. Protocols meeting exempt criteria are typically
processed within 2-3 business days. The IRB returns feedback for
expedited protocols within approx. two
weeks; however, time to approval may take longer depending on
required revisions. (Turnaround may be slightly longer over the summer months
due to limited reviewer availability.)
Full board submissions
are due two weeks before the full board meetings; but we encourage PIs
to submit as soon as possible to allow for pre-meeting consultation
to streamline the approval process. We also prefer that PIs (if able) attend a
portion of the meeting to offer any necessary clarification if the board has
questions. Note: research involving prisoner research or research with
minors may require additional review time.