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Institutional Review Board

Welcome! The function of the IRB is to protect the safety, welfare, rights, and privacy of all participants in human subjects research that proceeds under the guidance of faculty, staff, and students on our campus. Our Policy and Procedures derive from the ethical principles that were first articulated in the Belmont Report issued by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research in 1979.

The links on this page provide you with the directions and forms you need to submit a proposal to the IRB for consideration.

Does your project have to be reviewed by the IRB?

According to federal regulations, research is defined as a systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. In other words, your project should be reviewed by the IRB if it meets the following criteria:

  • You are utilizing human participants in your research AND
  • Your data collection methods are systematic and methodical AND
  • The goal of your research activities is to contribute to the generalizable scientific knowledge base of a discipline (e.g., you plan to publish your results in a scholarly journal or you plan to present your findings at professional conference)

Whether or not your project needs to be reviewed by the IRB, all Hood College faculty, staff, and students have the responsibility to protect the safety, welfare, rights, and privacy of all participants from or about whom a researcher may collect data.

If you have questions about whether or not your project needs IRB review, please contact Diane Graves, IRB chair, at, or consult with your department’s IRB liaison.

Acknowledgement: The Hood College IRB policies and procedures were adapted from those of Skidmore College. Hood College thanks the members of the IRB at Skidmore College for their generosity.