This page provides information concerning Colgate’s policy on the use of human participants in research and the Institutional Review Board’s (IRB) procedures. If you are not familiar with IRB practices, you are strongly encouraged to contact your adviser (if you are a student) or the IRB chair for advice prior to submission. This can greatly increase the likelihood of approval on the first submission.
All student and faculty investigators are encouraged to read the document "Research with Human Participants: A Manual for Investigators
It is Colgate's policy (consistent with federal regulations) that all faculty and student research involving human participants be reported to the Institutional Review Board. Research that poses no risk to participants is exempt from review, but must be reported to the IRB and certified as exempt. All other research must be formally reviewed through either expedited review or full review procedures. Important Note: The procedure for submitting expedited and full-review proposals has changed. All expedited and full-review proposals can be submitted through the proposal submission page.
Full-Review Proposal Deadlines for 2013-2014:
Fall Semester: September 27 (noon)
Spring Semester: February 14 (noon)
Guidelines for Submitting IRB Proposals
- The proposal (for expedited or full review). Detailed instructions for what should and should not appear in the proposal.
- Certificate of informed consent. Details concerning how to create the consent form.
- Debriefing form. Determine whether your proposal should include a debriefing form.
- Example proposals. Examples of past successful proposals (expedited and full-review).
Learn more about the proposal guidelines.
Submitting Proposals for IRB Review
Expedited and full-review proposals can be submitted through the IRB Submission Website. Requests for exemption status (see IRB proposal categories) should be sent via email toIRB_exempt@psych.colgate.edu
. Please contact the IRB Chair if you have any questions regarding your proposal.
The committee meets twice per year to consider proposals that require a full review. Meetings typically occur during the fourth week of the semester.
All requests for exempt and expedited reviews are handled on a rollng basis, typically within 10 working days. Student proposals must be approved by their faculty sponsor prior to submission. A signature from the faculty sponsor is not required.