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Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for reviewing college research projects to ensure that the rights and welfare of human subjects are protected. 

The IRB conducts three types of reviews depending on the nature and scope of the research project presented. The timeframe for review and required accompanying material depends on the type of review.

Below is a link to a full description of each type of IRB review. 

  • Exempt Review — Exempt reviews are provided for research studies which are minimally invasive and pose no potential threat to participants. Examples include: education research, surveys, interviews and secondary data analysis.  The review process will take approximately seven to ten business days.

View the exempt review documentation.

  • Expedited Review — Studies which qualify for expedited review must present no more than a minimal risk to participants. Examples include: collection of noninvasive biological specimens, collection of audio or video data and clinical studies of drugs and medical devices.  The review process will take approximately 15-20 business days. 

View the expedited review documentation.

  • Full Board Review — Research that is greater than minimal risk and/or does not qualify for exempt or expedited review will require a full board review. The review process will take at least thirty calendar days.

View the full board review documentation.