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 & 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 or 206-296-2585. 


  • Use current forms from this webpage (updated July 2020).
  • Submit PDF or Word documents as electronic attachments (No JPG or PNG files or OneDrive links.) All submissions must be signed by the researchers and, if applicable, the faculty adviser.
  • Send all materials to Include text in the body of your email to indicate what you are submitting. Blank emails bearing attachments redirect to the Spam folder and will not be opened.
  • Incomplete or improperly submitted protocols cannot be processed for review.