Happy 2022! The IRB will process all materials and inquiries received during the holiday closure according to priority and submission order. Please anticipate delays. We thank you in advance for your patience.


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


COVID and Human Participant Research

Due to ongoing concerns about COVID transmission, only essential studies involving in-person data collection willl be considered. The IRB will not approve any in-person research that could reasonably be achieved through remote methods such as Zoom, phone, online, or email. Before submitting any protocol involving in-person data collection, contact the IRB for guidance at irb@seattleu.edu or 206-296-2585. 

The SU administration and IRB have developed guidelines for in-person research to ensure that activities do not increase risk of Covid transmission. Review the decision tree below (or download PDF document: SU IRB Research Decision Tree re COVID. Current safety policies still restrict non-essential research that can be conducted through virtual means; however, for critical projects requiring in-person data collection, we will work with you to help establish appropriate safety protocols within the scope of CDC guidelines. Contact the IRB at irb@seattleu.edu or 206-296-2585 with any questions before submitting your protocol. 

Decision tree for permissible research activities and COVID guidelines