Effective Feb. 1: To better support the IRB office and allow adequate review time for IRB member schedules, the IRB now requires PIs to submit full-board applications by 5 p.m. Friday three weeks before all full-board meetings. Applications submitted after 5 p.m. on deadline Fridays will be reviewed at the subsequent full-board board meeting (no exceptions).


March Update

The IRB will operate on significantly reduced hours over spring break and will not process any new applications until the first two weeks of the spring quarter. Thank you for your patience as we work through very high volume with limited staffing. We will process all applications in order of submission; the IRB cannot inequitably adjust processing to accommodate last-minute applications.

In case you missed it! -- Earlier this Fall, we welcomed five new board members: Dr. Pete Collins (Criminal Justice), Dr. Jen Fricas (College of Nursing), Dr. Michael Jaycox (Theology & Religious Studies), Dr. Won Kidane (School of Law), and Dr. Nicole Wood (Kinesiology). All our board members are always happy to serve as a liaison and answer questions you may have about the IRB. Or you may contact the office directly at irb@seattleu.edu or 206-484-2561. 


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. NOTE: No aspect of a study -- including recruitment -- may begin prior to receiving a written IRB determination.

Covid & In-Person Data Collection

Currently, no restrictions exist on in-person data collection. However, we ask all researchers to use their best judgment and discretion about spacing, masking, and sanitation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the IRB at irb@seattleu.edu or 206-296-2585.