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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.

Please Note: Submissions cannot be made by undergraduates. If you are an undergraduate student, your Faculty Mentor must submit a protocol under his or her own name on your behalf.

If you are graduate student, you can work with your Faculty Mentor to decide how best to submit a protocol. Either (A) your Faculty Mentor submits it on your behalf under his or her own name, or (B) your Faculty Mentor begins the process on your behalf, creating a blank protocol from his or her own account, then sharing it to you for editing. Consult your Faculty Mentor for further instructions, as he or she must ultimately submit the protocol, regardless of whether (A) or (B) is decided on. Go to the Help tab and navigate to "Reference Materials" in the menu to view the "Process for Submitting Graduate Student Protocols (PDF)" for you and your faculty member to properly submit a protocol.

Improper submissions will automatically be rejected!