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Institutional Review Board

Institutional Review Board

Welcome back to Fall Term 2017!

We hope everyone had an enjoyable summer, and we look forward to offering you assistance with your research projects this year!



We have a single IRB Exped or Full Protocol Application Form for all social-behavioral and biomedical protocols. Please read and follow all directions carefully, and submit all applications to  [An updated Application for Exemption will be posted soon.] If you submit a protocol using the old form, it will be returned to you for resubmission. Always check our website and download the most recent forms before submitting your materials. (Do not save to your desktop).


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.)

Contact Us

Phone: 206-296-2585 
The IRB is located in Admin 201 (north end of the 2nd floor).

Application Forms


NOTE: Email all documents as attachments to (Do not email submissions directly to Andrea McDowell.)

Full Board [Deadline]/Meeting

FQ 2017

  • [Sept. 15]  Sept. 29
  • [Oct. 13]  Oct. 27
  • [Nov. 17]  Dec. 1

WQ & SQ 2018 (Winter and Spring meetings will be determined at the start of fall term. Check back frequently.)

NOTE:  The  IRB does not review full board protocols over the summer months. To ensure timely review and approval, plan accordingly.