The mission of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to protect the rights and welfare of research participants. In accordance with federal regulations governing the conduct of research with human participants, the IRB is composed of members from a variety of scientific disciplines, as well as a local community member. The IRB assists faculty and student researchers with the development of research protocols that minimize risks to participants, ensure appropriate procedures for obtaining voluntary and informed consent, provide adequate protections for vulnerable populations, and protect participants’ privacy.

As mandated by the federal regulations and John Carroll institutional policy, the John Carroll IRB must review all research involving human subjects that is designed to develop knowledge that can be generalized.  If you plan to publish or present your research, or otherwise share the results of the study, IRB review will likely be required.  Please be aware that you must submit your research project application to the IRB for approval prior to initiating the research.

Things you need to know:

  • As of September 2013, CITI training in the ethical conduct of human subjects research is now required for all researchers and faculty sponsors of student research for projects that involve the use of human subjects.
  • Check out “Does Your Project Need IRB Review?” or contact our office if you’re unsure if you need IRB approval.
  • To help speed up the review process, see “Tips for Student Researchers” applicable to all researchers.

Questions? Need help completing the IRB application? Contact Carole Krus.

The IRB Office is located in AD250.

UPDATED:  IRB Historical Timeline