We've moved! The IRB is now located in Admin 201 -- at the north end of the 2nd floor. Please submit all materials electronically to email@example.com, send them via campus mail to Admin 201, or place them in the secure dropbox outside our office. Thank you!
SU IRB -- helping your research happen.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (electronic submissions must be signed by PIs and faculty advisers).
The primary goal of the Seattle University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to create a favorable climate for the conduct of scientific inquiry and to guide that conduct involving human subjects while concurrently protecting the rights, well‑being, and personal privacy of individuals, as well as the interests of Seattle University. The IRB strives not only to ensure compliance with Federal regulations but also to foster the practice of research meeting the highest ethical standards and adhering to all principles, best practices, and policies related to research with human subjects.
The IRB works to ensure that all human subjects are treated with respect, beneficence, and justice during their participation in research conducted under the auspices of Seattle University. In accomplishing this mission, the IRB will:
- Promote awareness of and respect for the rights and welfare of all human subjects by educating students, faculty, and staff about the ethical principles and Federal regulations regarding research with human subjects.
- Inform researchers about the application of the Federal regulations and ethical principles in their particular area of research, as standards continue to evolve.
- Develop the most efficient methods for processing and reviewing applications, tracking and monitoring research activities, and conducting regular self-audits to ensure the continuing effectiveness of the IRB.
To assist the IRB in achieving these goals, all individuals conducting human subjects research must adhere to the guidelines outlined in this policy, which will be reviewed and approved every five years.
Definition of Research
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:
- The project involves obtaining data from a living human subject through intervention or interaction with the individual, or identifiable private information, AND
- The project is an intentional and systematic investigation using the prevailing methodologies in the discipline, including research development, testing, and evaluation, AND
- The ultimate aim of the project is to generate generalizable results expected to contribute to the development of knowledge in the discipline. (The concept of generalizability is usually applied to quantitative research, but applies to qualitative research as well because of the expectation to contribute to knowledge.) "Contribute" may mean publication but can also mean dissemination in another venue, such as a conference, poster session, etc.
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.)
Types of research reviewed by the IRB:
Click here for examples of Non-Research Activities that might appear to be research but do not meet the Federal definition, and would therefore be classified as "NHSR" (Not Human Subjects Research).
Dr. Andrea Rossing McDowell, IRB Administrator
Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian/Soviet Literature, Dept. of English
David Grant, Graduate Assistant
Educational Leadership Doctoral Program
Dr. Bruce Koch, Albers School of Business and Economics, IRB Chair
Dr. Deirdre Bowen, School of Law
Dr. Andrew Davis, School of Theology and Ministry
Dr. Michelle DuBois, College of Science and Engineering
Dr. Paul Holland, School of Law (Prisoner Advocate - ad hoc member)
Dr. Colette Hoption, Albers School of Business and Economics
Dr. William O'Connell, College of Education
Dr. Stefan Shipman, External Member
Dr. Mo-Kyung Sin, College of Nursing
Dr. Michael Spinetta, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Jennifer Sumner, Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Galen Trail, Center for the Study of Sport and Exercise, College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Jeffrey Anderson, College of Education (ex-officio, Community Based Research Consultant)