Institutional Review Board

Institutional Review Board

ATTENTION

Previous IRB phone/voicemail malfunction. We recently learned the IRB phone did not save or forward messages from approximately mid-June until mid-September due to a glitch in the system upgrade. If you left a message within this time period, we likely did not receive it. Please know this problem has been resolved, and we apologize for any inconveniences. In the future, we recommend that individuals follow up with important phone messages by also emailing  irb@seattleu.edu.  Or, contact Dr. Andrea McDowell, IRB Administrator, directly:  mcdowela@seattleu.edu.  Thank you!

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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

Stay tuned!  -- The IRB will soon roll out new, easier submission forms. 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 irb@seattleu.edu. (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.)

ATTENTION

 

The IRB phone/voicemail is malfunctioning. We do not know how long this problem has been occurring, but we have submitted a request for it to be addressed. If you left a message within the past two months, we likely did not receive it. Please use email for all contact purposes until this problem has been resolved:  irb@seattleu.edu.  If you encounter difficulties with that address, contact Dr. Andrea McDowell, IRB Administrator, directly:  mcdowela@seattleu.edu.  We apologize for any inconveniences.

ATTENTION

 

The IRB phone/voicemail is malfunctioning. We do not know how long this problem has been occurring, but we have submitted a request for it to be addressed. If you left a message within the past two months, we likely did not receive it. Please use email for all contact purposes until this problem has been resolved:  irb@seattleu.edu.  If you encounter difficulties with that address, contact Dr. Andrea McDowell, IRB Administrator, directly:  mcdowela@seattleu.edu.  We apologize for any inconveniences.

Contact Us

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

Submission Forms

Full Board Deadlines/Meetings

FQ 2016

  • [Sept. 9]  Sept. 23
  • [Oct. 7]  Oct. 21
  • [Nov. 4]  Nov. 18

 WQ 2017 (Winter and Spring meetings are subject to change. Check back frequently.)

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

 SQ 2017

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

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