Schedule ImagePlease refer to the schedules and deadlines below for when submitting your application.

Students, if you plan to graduate in a given semester, you must apply during the semester prior to the one in which you plan to graduate, allowing ample time for the entire review process and implementation. The only exception to this is classes which have built in a deadline of February 1st (exempt review).

After the IRB reviews your application and issues a decision, you must submit any requested modifications within 6 months of the notification. Otherwise, the IRB with automatically withdraw your application, and you will need to re-apply.

Full Review

We recommend that you apply at least 3 months prior to the start of your project for full review. If you are involving prisoners in research, please allow more time, as there are special requirements which must be met according to federal regulations.

Researchers will usually receive a decision letter within 1 week of the meeting date (depending on review volume).

If after review, your initial application is granted "deferred" status, this means that your modifications will need to be reviewed as full at a future convened meeting, based on submission by the appropriate deadline. If your initial application is granted a "modifications required" status, this means that your modifications will be reviewed outside of a meeting by a smaller number of members. Review of modifications outside of a meeting usually takes 1 week (depending on review volume).



  • Submissions received by the deadline, but in an incomplete state (e.g., missing the advisor's signature, missing documents necessary for proper review, etc.), will be held for the next meeting cycle, without exception.
  • Submissions received after the close of business on the day of the deadline will be held for the next  meeting cycle, without exception.
  • Certain types of research may require the IRB to consult with an expert in a particular field (e.g., medical specialist, pharmacist, etc.), and research involving prisoners requires activation of our Prisoner Advocate. These situations often involve additional review time. Please plan accordingly.


Spring & Summer 2016
Meeting Dates
Application Deadline
(by 4:30 PM)
July 14th June 30th 11:00 AM O'Neill Center, Classroom 206
August 11th July 28th 11:00 AM Swartz Center, Room C
Fall meeting dates will be added later this summer.


Expedited Review

We recommend that you apply at least 2 months prior to the start of your project for expedited review.

The turnaround time for expedited review is normally  3 weeks from the deadline for the review of initial applications, continuing review/renewal applications and requests for revisions to previously approved research, assuming that application packages are complete at the time of submission. Deadlines are each MONDAY by 4:30 PM. Applications received after the deadline will be subject to the following week's submission cycle. Decision letters will be uploaded into IRBNet by the Monday three weeks following the initial submission deadline (except where noted).

Turnaround for review of modifications requested by the IRB is usually 1 week.

Please plan ahead, especially during holiday periods. While we will make every effort to adhere to the below schedule, 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 Board reviews on a first-come, first-served basis and makes every effort to process and review in as timely a fashion as possible.

Staff and IRB members will be taking vacation during the months of May through August. This may slightly affect turnaround times.


Applications due MONDAY by 4:30 PM on:
IRB should upload a decision letter by:
May 30 June 20
June 6 June 27
June 13 July 5
June 20 July 11
June 27 July 18
July 4 July 25
July 11 August 1
July 18 August 8
July 25 August 15
August 1 August 22
August 8 August 29
August 15 September 5
August 22 September 12
August 29 September 19
September 5 September 26
September12 October 3
September 19 October 10
September 26 October 17
October 3 October 24
October 10 October 31
October 17 November 7
October 24 November 14
October 31 November 21
November 7 November 28
November 14
Staff away at a conference this week
December 12
May be earlier, depending on workload
November 21 December 12
November 28 December 19