Fall Update

IRB Staffing and Timeline Implications

Due to budget cuts, the IRB office is now staffed by only the part-time administrator. Please plan accordingly for delays in response and approval. Thank you for your patience.


Coronavirus and Human Subjects Research

King County remains in Phase 2, therefore in-person interactions are restricted to ensure that research activities do not increase risk of virus transmission. Contact the IRB at irb@seattleu.edu or 206-296-2585 to ask about any permitted in-person activities before submitting your protocol. We will clarify restrictions and consult on possible alternatives.

Current King County Public Health recommendations and Seattle University guidelines:





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 irb@seattleu.edu.

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.