IRB Meeting Schedule and Submission Deadlines

The below schedules are contingent upon your submission being COMPLETE and will aid you in the submission process. Please refer to our Application Process and Deadlines policy for full details.

Exempt | Expedited | Full | Student Project Timelines | Modifications or Revisions Timelines

All ReviewsPlan ahead, especially during holidays or breaks. Review times are affected by your submission's condition and current volume. Since all research is equally important, we review on a first-come, first-served basis in as timely a fashion as possible. Note also that:
  • Incomplete submissions will be held until complete, which may place them in the next meeting or review cycle.
  • Submissions made after a deadline's business hours are subject to the next meeting or review cycle.
  • Prisoner research requires inclusion of our Prisoner Advocate, which may add review time.
  • Certain activities may require expert consultation (e.g., IT, attorney, physician, etc.), which may add review time.

Full Review

Deadlines are two weeks prior to a scheduled meeting. Initial decisions are communicated in about 2-7 business days after the meeting. We recommend applying about 3 months prior to the start of your project. Due to Federal quorum requirements, meeting dates and times are subject to change.

Spring 2021 Meeting DatesApplication Deadline by 5:00pm TimeLocation
January 25 Canceled - No fulls received by deadline.
January 11 10:00am Online
February 15 February 1 10:00am Online
March 15 March 1 10:00am Online
April 19 April 5 10:00am Online
May 17 - Tentative May 3 10:00am Online
Summer meetings will be posted by mid-May. Plan for meetings closer to each month's end.

Expedited Review

Deadlines are each Monday by 5:00pm, but you do not need to wait until a Monday to submit. Initial decisions are communicated in about 2-3 weeks after the deadline, depending on time of year and staffing. We recommend applying about 2 months prior to the start of your project. 

Applications due MONDAY by 5:00pm on:
IRB should render an official, initial decision on or before:
January 18 February 8
January 25 February 15
February 1 February 22
February 8 March 1
February 15 March 8
February 22 March 15
March 1 March 22
March 8 March 29
March 15 April 5
March 22 April 12
March 29 April 19

Exempt Review

There are no deadlines, except for students soon to graduate or students taking two-semester research courses (see actual deadlines in Student Project Timelines). We recommend that you apply at least 4 weeks prior to the start of your project if you are not a student subject to special deadlines.

Always submit as early as possible, especially during our high volume times (November through mid-spring).

Decisions are communicated roughly one week after the submission of a complete package during low volume times, unless staff members are out of the office.