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Institutional Review Board

Institutional Review Board


  1. We have a new single IRB Exped or Full Protocol Application Form for all social-behavioral and biomedical protocols. Please read and follow all directions carefully. [An updated Application for Exemption will be posted soon.] If you submit a protocol using the old form, it will be returned to you for resubmission. Always check our website and download the most recent forms before submitting your materials. (Do not save to your desktop).
  2. The IRB received an inordinate number of submissions right before and after winter break, but we have worked through the queue and are now back to our regular turnaround times. Thank you for your understanding and patience during the unusual high volume.

SU IRB: Helping Your Research Happen

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.

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

Submission Information

Remember:  We're paper free! Email 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 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 meeting to answer possible reviewer questions. (If possible, faculty advisers should also accompany students.)

Contact Us

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

Application Forms


NOTE: Email all documents as attachments to (Do not email submissions directly to Andrea McDowell.)

Full Board Deadlines/Meetings

WQ 2017

  • [Dec. 29]  Jan. 13
  • [Feb. 3]  Feb. 17
  • [Feb. 24]  March 10

 SQ 2017 (Spring meeting dates could alter. Check back frequently.)

  • [April 7]   April 21
  • [April 28]  May 12
  • [May 19]  June 2

 NOTE:  The  IRB does not review any full board protocols over the summer months. To ensure timely review and approval, plan accordingly.