IRB Update re: Novel Coronavirus Impact

The IRB staff will work remotely until campus formally reopens, and you might experience a slight delay in email or phone responses. We will do our best to ensure that disruptions to normal review processes remain minimal.

RESEARCHERS: Given the current concerns about Coronavirus, the local and state mandates restrict in-person interactions, and you must consider how you will proceed in your research activities.*  Your presence and/or the research activities should not increase risk to any individuals with regard to the virus. Follow the guidelines of our University and the recommendations from King County Public Health.

*If you need to modify any aspect of your protocol due to the Coronavirus impacts, call or email us, and we will work quickly and closely with you. Apart from ceasing or pausing data collection, do not make any changes to your protocol without prior IRB written approval.

Please contact us with any questions at or 206-296-2585.



Welcome to the IRB website!

  • Are you a student planning a project in which you conduct interviews or surveys (in person or online)?
  • Are you a faculty member interested in collecting data from your students for pedagogical research? Or do any of your course activities involve students collecting data from people?
  • Are you currently working on a submission and have questions? Would you like guidance before you submit?
  • Not sure whether you need IRB review?

Contact us with your questions and/or materials! Although our preliminary input will not reflect a formal review, we're happy to talk with you and assist with your project at any stage of development. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call 206-296-2585 or email

As a Seattle University researcher, you must submit any project proposal involving human subjects as participants to the SU Institutional Review Board (IRB) to comply with SU policy and Federal regulations. The IRB will review the project to assess physical, psychological, legal, and/or social risks to research participants. Through this review process, the IRB will help you minimize risks for participants by establishing protections reflecting best practices in human subjects research and University policies. The IRB also seeks to protect researchers and the University through appropriate design of research studies to comply with Federal regulations and SU requirements.