NOTE: Out of respect for our faculty reviewers' teaching obligations and personal vacation time, the IRB will not process new expedited applications submitted after Wed. Nov. 16, due to the upcoming holidays, final exam week, and winter break. Expedited applications submitted after Nov. 16 will be processed at the beginning of winter term.

Exempt and DNP submissions will be processed according to submission order; however, the IRB will be closed during Thanksgiving break and from Sat. Dec. 17 to Monday, Jan. 9.

FQ22 Update

This year, we're happy to welcome five new board members: Dr. Pete Collins (Criminal Justice), Dr. Jen Fricas (College of Nursing), Dr. Michael Jaycox (Theology & Religious Studies), Dr. Won Kidane (School of Law), and Dr. Nicole Wood (Kinesiology). All our board members are always happy to serve as a liaison and answer questions you may have about the IRB. Or you may contact the office directly at or 206-484-2561. 


To comply with Federal regulations and SU policies, all SU affiliates must submit any proposal involving human participants to the SU Institutional Review Board (IRB), which will assess and help mitigate physical, psychological, legal, and/or social risks by establishing protections reflecting best practices in human participant research and University guidelines.

Covid & In-Person Data Collection

Currently, no restrictions exist on in-person data collection. However, we ask all researchers to use their best judgment and discretion about spacing, masking, and sanitation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the IRB at or 206-296-2585.