Institutional Review Board

Institutional Review Board

  • Summer at the IRB

    Over the summer months, the IRB does not conduct full board reviews. Although we continue to process applications for exemption and expedited submissions, the typical turnaround time may slow somewhat depending on our faculty reviewers' availability. Also, we will be posting new submission forms over the summer. Always check our website and download the most recent forms before submitting your materials. (Do not save forms to your computer for later use.)


    Remember:  To be environmentally responsible, we're paper free! Send signed electronic submissions as attachments to (Signatures should be scanned or digital.) Contact us if you need assistance. 

    Click here to learn more about the people who serve on the SU IRB.

    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.

    What is Human Subjects 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:

    1. The project involves obtaining data from a living human subject through intervention or interaction with the individual, or identifiable private information, AND
    2. The project is an intentional and systematic investigation using the prevailing methodologies in the discipline, including research development, testing, and evaluation, AND
    3. 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.)

  • Contact Us

    Phone: 206-296-2585  Email: The IRB is located in Admin 201 (north end of the 2nd floor).
  • Submission Forms

    Application for Exemption

     Social / Behavioral Protocol Submission Form   

    BioMedical Protocol Submission Form

    NOTE: Email all documents as attachments to (Signatures should be scanned or digital.)

  • Summer 2015 Submission Information

    Exempt Applications and Expedited Reviews

    Accepted on a rolling basis. Applications meeting exempt criteria are processed within 3-4 business days. For expedited submissions, researchers will receive feedback within approx. 10-14 business days. (Time to approval may vary depending on required revisions.) During the summer months, these response rates may slow slightly.

    Full Board
    No full board submissions accepted over the summer! Researchers must submit protocols at least two weeks before the full-board meeting (but preferably earlier to streamline the approval process). PIs should plan to briefly attend part of the meeting to answer possible questions. 

    First Fall 2015 Meeting (tentative)

    Friday, Sept. 15 or Oct. 2