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, summer or other breaks. Review times are affected by your package'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. Also:
  • Incomplete submissions are held until complete, which may place them in a future 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 scheduled meetings. 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.

Fall 2021 Meeting DatesApplication Deadline by 5:00pm Meeting TimeLocation
October 15
Cancelled - No full applications received
October 1 1:00pm Online
November 19 November 5 2:00pm Online
December 17 December 3 1:00pm Online
Spring meetings should be posted in late December. Meetings will most likely be held later each month.

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. 

PLEASE NOTE: The schedule in late October might be delayed slightly due to staff vacation time.

Applications due MONDAY by 5:00pm on:
IRB should render an official, initial decision on or before:
October 18 November 8
October 25 November 15 - Staff vacation may delay review slightly.
November 1 November 22
November 8 November 29
November 15 December 6
November 22 December 13
November 29
This is the last submission date with guaranteed turnaround before the Christmas break, assuming the submission is complete.
December 20
January 3 January 24
January 10 January 31
January 17 February 7
January 24 February 14
January 31 February 21
February 7 February 28
February 14 March 7

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Our late October schedule may be delayed slightly due to staff vacation time.