To comply with Federal regulations and SU policies, all SU affiliates must submit any proposal involving human subjects 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 subjects research and University guidelines.

Coronavirus & Human Subjects Research

Due to rising COVID-19 cases, the SU administration and IRB have developed guidelines for in-person research to ensure that activities do not increase risk of virus transmission. Review the decision tree below (or download PDF document: SU IRB Research Decision Tree re COVID) and contact the IRB at or 206-296-2585 with questions before submitting your protocol. We will clarify restrictions and consult on possible alternatives.

Current King County Public Health recommendations and Seattle University guidelines:


Decision tree for permissible research activities and COVID guidelines