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, often adding 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
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. 

PLEASE NOTE: The summer schedule 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:
May 10 May 31
May 17 June 7
May 24 June 14
May 31 June 21
June 7 June 28
June 14 July 5
June 21 July 12
June 28 July 19
July 19 July 26

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: The summer schedule may be delayed slightly due to staff vacation time.