The Institutional Review Board

About the Institutional Review Board

The Swarthmore College Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with reviewing human subject research. The IRB is committed to protecting the rights and welfare of individuals participating as subjects in research. The College holds an agreement with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), known as a Federalwide Assurance (FWA). This agreement between DHHS and Swarthmore College outlines our responsibilities to review research involving human subjects in accordance with the ethical principles outlined in the Belmont Report, federal regulations (e.g., DHHS regulations 45 CFR Part 46), state or local laws, and College policies. Any faculty, staff, or student must submit their proposed research involving human subjects to the IRB for review and receive approval before initiating the research, including any interactions with potential research participants.


Federal regulations require full board review of all proposed research involving greater than minimal risk to human subjects (e.g., initial, amendments, continuing reviews). There studies may be submitted for review at the regularly scheduled meetings listed below with the exception of June, July, and August.

All proposed research involving minimal risk to human subjects will be reviewed outside of a full board review. This type research will be accepted daily and will be reviewed on a rolling basis with the exception of semester breaks (i.e., fall, Thanksgiving, winter, spring) and the month of August.

All proposed research, regardless of the risk, should be submitted through IRBManager. After obtaining your IRBManager login, you can access IRBManager for submission. This link may also be used to check the status of your research during the review and track previously approved research.

Meeting Schedule and Deadlines

To be considered at a meeting, those protocols that require full board review must be received in the IRB office by noon in the deadline of the desired meeting date below:

Submission Date by Noon Meeting Date*
April 25, 2014 May 9, 2014

*The IRB reserves the right to cancel an IRB meeting should we not be in compliance with federal regulation 45 CFR, part 46 or institutional policy.