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Several organizations have put together summaries of what they consider to be especially important changes in the regulations:

Read the complete Revised Common Rule (PDF).

Learn more about the new regulations from the Health and Human Services government website.

The CITI Program has free resources for people wanting to better understand the changes in the new regulations (note: this is very extensive).

The CITI Program also has a tutorial course you can take: “Revised Common Rule Course: Comprehensive training covering the Final Rule updates to the Common Rule.” You need to register for the course by creating an account (and selecting Fairfield University as your affiliation). Fairfield University has a yearly subscription to the CITI program, thus you do NOT have to pay to take this course.

For a detailed outline of the sections and subsections on this site, view the Site Map. This will help you find key information.

If you are a researcher who has an active IRB protocol, please change the contact information on your consent forms or other relevant documents so that it says, “If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, or wish to obtain information, ask questions, or discuss concerns about this study with someone other than the researcher(s), please contact the Fairfield University IRB at”

This change is because the Office of Sponsored Research is being restructured, shifting the flow of communication.

You do not need to submit your revised consent forms or other documents to the IRB.

If you have any questions, e-mail Linda Henkel, IRB Chair at or e-mail the IRB administrative liaison at

Overview of Fairfield IRB

The primary goal of the Fairfield University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to protect the rights and welfare of people who participate as subjects in research activities conducted under the auspices of Fairfield University. Researchers submit proposals for the research to the IRB to review before the researcher begins recruiting or testing participants. The IRB performs prospective and continuing review of protocols, the informed consent process, and the procedures used to enroll subjects in order to ensure that the research is conducted ethically and in compliance with federal guidelines for research ethics and institutional requirements.

Detailed information about the federal guidelines and how to determine whether the research you are planning to conduct needs to be reviewed by the IRB and how to submit protocols can be found on this website. If you have questions about the process of IRB review, please contact the IRB Chair.

For information regarding federal regulations and the ethics of research involving human subjects, see the Code of Federal Regulations.

Guides for submitting and updating protocols, along with external documents concerning IRB regulations can be found at the “Submitting Your IRB Protocol” link in the navigation menu. Additional information can be found under the “Help” link in the navigation menu.

For complete information on the protocol submission and review process, please see our Standard Operating Procedures.

Linda Henkel, Chairperson
Anne Campbell
Alison Kris
David Schmidt
Anne Swallow
William Vasquez Mazariegos
Qin Zhang
Alternate member: David Crawford

Interim IRB Administrative Liaison

Deb Matthews

For contact information, please see the Contact page under Help in the menu.

Make your submission at least one week before the meeting date if it needs to be reviewed by the full board.

The 2019-2020 meeting schedule has not been finalized.

  • September 2019 — 9/18/2019
  • October 2019 — 10/23/2019
  • November 2019 — 11/20/2019
  • December 2019 — TBD
  • January 2020 — TBD
  • February 2020 — TBD
  • March 2020 — TBD
  • April 2020 — TBD
  • May 2020 — TBD