Institutional Review Board

1/25/18 Update:

We have recently updated our forms and several policies. Read all applicable policies thoroughly, and always use current forms posted on our website (do not store old forms for reuse on a laptop or drive).


We have a single IRB Exped or Full Protocol Application Form for submitting both social-behavioral and biomedical protocols. Please read and follow all directions carefully, and submit applications to Protocols submitted with outdated forms or that do not follow directions will be returned for resubmission.


SU IRB:  Supporting your research

The Seattle University Institutional Review Board supports research endeavors of SU affiliates while ensuring the highest ethical protections for human research participants. In addition to research protocol review, the IRB offers consultations (for students as well as seasoned researchers) to help with your project development and protocol submission at any stage.  The IRB reviews and oversees research protocols that are conducted by current SU students, faculty, and staff. If you are a part-time SU employee during the academic year, consult with the Provost’s Office regarding eligibility for IRB review of your research protocol.

For a definition of human subjects research and to understand the purpose of the SU IRB, click here.

Learn more about the people who serve on the SU IRB.

Submission Information

Remember:  We're paper free! Email signed electronic submissions as attachments to (Signatures should be scanned or digital.) Contact us if you need assistance.

Exempt and Expedited Studies -- accepted on a rolling basis.

Studies meeting exempt criteria or determined to be "not human subjects research" (NHSR) are processed within 3-4 business days. For expedited submissions, researchers will receive initial IRB feedback within 10-14 business days. Time to approval, however, varies depending on required revisions. 

Full Board Studies

Researchers must submit protocols at least 2 weeks prior to the full board meetings (see deadlines and meeting dates to the right). To ensure appropriate review, the IRB will not consider full board protocols submitted after the deadlines.

We strongly encourage PIs to submit studies even earlier than 2 weeks to allow for pre-meeting consultation and thereby streamline the process. PIs should plan to briefly attend part of the board meeting to answer possible reviewer questions. (If possible, faculty advisers should also accompany students.)