Institutional Review Board

Institutional Review Board

  • SU IRB: Helping Your Research Happen

    Welcome back to the Fall Term!  We hope you have had an enjoyable and productive summer.

    The SU IRB supports research endeavors of SU faculty, students, and staff while ensuring the highest ethical protections for human research participants. In addition to protocol review, the IRB offers consultations (for students as well as seasoned researchers) to help with your protocol submission at any stage.

     For a definition of human subjects research and to understand the purpose of the SU IRB, click here.

    To learn more about the people who serve on the SU IRB, click here.

    Submission Information

    Stay tuned!  -- The IRB will post new submission forms soon. Always check our website and download the most recent forms before submitting your materials. (Never save forms to your computer for later use.)  Click here for current forms.

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

    Exempt and Expedited Studies -- accepted on a rolling basis.

    Studies meeting exempt criteria or determined to be "not human subjects research" (NHSR) are processed within 3-4 business days. For expedited submissions, researchers will receive IRB feedback within 10-14 business days. Time to approval, however, may vary depending on required revisions. 

    Full Board Studies

    Researchers must submit protocols at least 2 weeks prior to the full-board meeting (see dates/deadlines in box on right). The IRB cannot consider protocols submitted after the deadlines. We encourage PIs to submit studies even earlier than 2 weeks to help streamline the approval process by allowing for consultation prior to the full board meeting. PIs should plan to briefly attend part of the meeting to answer possible questions. (If possible, faculty advisers should also accompany students.)


    Emailing  -- A glitch in Outlook autopopulate may prevent you from reaching the IRB inbox. If you receive an error message, please email Dr. Andrea McDowell, IRB Administrator, directly: