Schedules & Deadlines

Please refer to the schedules and deadlines below when submitting your application.

Student Investigators: Students planning to graduate in a given semester must apply during the semester prior to the one in which they plan to graduate, in order to allow ample time for the entire review process and study execution. The only exception is research courses spanning two semesters (e.g., SSW 701/702, PSYCH 421/422), which have a course deadline of February 1st.

After the IRB or ERC reviews an application and renders a decision, investigators must submit requested modifications within six months of notification. Otherwise, the IRB or ERC will automatically withdraw the application.

Full Review

We recommend that you apply at least three months prior to the start of your project for full review. Full review deadlines are two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting.

Turnaround: Investigators will typically receive an emailed notice of the IRB's decision within a few days to one week after the meeting date, depending on current volume.

If a "deferred" decision is rendered, modifications must be reviewed at a future convened meeting, based on submission by the appropriate deadline. If a "modifications required" decision is rendered, modifications may be reviewed outside of a meeting by one to two members. Review of requested modifications outside of a meeting usually takes a few days to one week, depending on current volume.

NOTE
  • Submissions received by the deadline, but in an incomplete state (e.g., missing signatures or materials), will be held for the next meeting cycle.
  • Submissions received after the close of business on the day of the deadline will be held for the next meeting cycle.
  • Research involving prisoners requires activation of our Prisoner Advocate. This may involve additional review time, so plan accordingly.
  • Certain research activities may require the IRB to consult with an expert in a particular field (e.g., medical specialist, pharmacist, etc.). This situation may involve additional review time, so plan accordingly.

 

Fall 2017 Meeting DatesApplication Deadline
(by 4:30 PM)
TimeLocation
April 26 April 12 2:30PM Learning Commons (Library)
Room 312
May 24 May 10 2:30PM Learning Commons (Library)
Room 312

All meetings are tentative. The IRB must maintain a quorum (majority of membership, including one non-scientist), so some dates may need to be changed as they grow near.


Expedited Review

We recommend that you apply at least two months prior to the start of your project for expedited review. Expedited deadlines are each MONDAY by 4:30 PM

Applications received after the deadline or in an incomplete condition (e.g., missing signatures or documents) will be subject to the following week's submission cycle.

Turnaround: Investigators will typically receive an emailed notice of the IRB's decision within two to three weeks of the deadline, depending on current volume and assuming that the application package was complete at the time of submission.

Review of requested modifications usually takes a few days to one week, depending on current volume.

NOTE
Please plan ahead, especially during holiday periods or over summer break. Application handling and review time are affected by the condition of your submission, current volume, and staffing. As all researchers are equally important to us, the IRB reviews on a first-come, first-served basis and makes every effort to process and review in as timely a fashion as possible. Staff members will be on vacation at various times during the summer.
Applications due MONDAY by 4:30 PM on:
IRB should render an official decision on or before:
March 26 April 16
April 2 April 23
April 9 April 30
April 16 May 7
April 23 May 14
April 30 May 21
May 7 May 28
May 14 June 4
May 21 June 11
May 28 June 18
June 4 June 25
June 11 July 2
June 18 July 9
June 25 July 16
July 2 July 9
July 9 July 16
July 16 July 23
July 23 July 30
July 30 August 20


Exempt Review

We recommend that you apply at least four to six weeks prior to the start of your project for exempt review. There are no weekly deadlines.

Turnaround: Investigators will typically receive an emailed notice of the ERC's decision within a week of submission, depending on current volume and assuming that the application package was complete at the time of submission. If incomplete, the turnaround will be based on the date of completion of the package. During holiday periods, especially from Thanksgiving through early January, turnaround may be longer, due to staff vacation time, holiday office closures and an increased volume of submissions. Please plan accordingly.