Institutional Review Board

SU IRB:  Supporting your research

The Seattle University Institutional Review Board supports research endeavors of SU affiliates while ensuring ethical protections for human research participants. Our IRB works to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects by ensuring that physical, psychological, legal, and/or social risks to subjects are minimized, and when present, justified by the importance of the research and agreed to by the subjects through informed consent.  The IRB also seeks to protect researchers and the University from possible adverse consequences of research with human subjects by assisting researchers with the design of their studies so they comply with both federal regulations and SU requirements.

The IRB offers consultations (for students as well as seasoned researchers) to help with your project development and protocol submission at any stage, and the IRB reviews and oversees research protocols that are conducted by current SU students, faculty, and staff. If you are a part-time SU employee during the academic year, consult with the Provost’s Office regarding eligibility for IRB review of your research protocol.

Learn more about the people who serve on the SU IRB.

Submission Information

Submit protocols to:

Include signed research protocol and all appropriate forms as attachments to your email.  Signatures may be scanned or digital.  Contact us if you need assistance. The IRB is paper-free. 

Please read applicable policies and use our current forms for your protocol submission to the IRB.

Processing your submission requires a complete research protocol with appropriate forms, and outdated forms or incomplete protocols may be returned for resubmission.  For expedited and full board submissions, the checklist at the end of the submission form should help you to assemble a complete application and facilitate review and approval.


Exempt and Expedited Studies -- accepted on a rolling basis

Studies meeting exempt criteria or determined to be "not human subjects research" (NHSR) are typically processed within 3-4 business days, unless we are experiencing a high volume. For expedited submissions, researchers will receive initial IRB feedback within 10-14 business days. Time to approval, however, varies depending on required revisions. 

Full Board Studies

Researchers must submit protocols at least 2 weeks prior to the full board meetings (see deadlines and meeting dates to the right). To ensure appropriate review, the IRB will not consider full board protocols submitted after the deadlines.

We strongly encourage PIs to submit studies even earlier than 2 weeks to allow for pre-meeting consultation and thereby streamline the process. PIs should plan to briefly attend part of the board meeting to answer possible reviewer questions. (If possible, faculty advisers should also accompany students.)