IRB Institutional Review Board

Notice:  The Department of Human Health and Services has issued revisions to the federal Common Rule on the Protection of Human Subjects.  The new rule requires some changes to the College‚Äôs policy and procedures concerning research with human subjects.  Projects approved after Jan. 19, 2018 will be subject to the revised policy.

We expect to complete these revisions by the end of Fall Term 2017.  We plan to offer workshops and information sessions on the new rule in Winter Term 2018.

Please direct questions to Kim Smith, IRB Chair. 

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for overseeing all research done at Carleton by faculty, students or staff that involves human subjects. The goals of the IRB are to ensure that researchers understand and uphold the following two standards dictated by federal law:

  1. Human subjects should not be placed at undue risk;
  2. Subjects should give uncoerced, informed consent to their participation in the research.

The "How do I apply?" page describes how to apply for IRB approval of a research project.

Other Useful Resources

  • Information about the IRB application process including: Application and Consent Forms.
  • The IRB's "Frequently Asked Questions" provides a great deal of information about human subjects research, applications to the IRB, and the application review and approval process.
  • The Campus Handbook provides background information on the legal underpinnings of the IRB's operations and on various policies related to the IRB.
  • The National Institutes of Health have published a useful training module that provides investigators with a basic introduction to the principles of ethical research on human subjects.

Questions can be referred to Kim Smith, IRB Chair and Professor of Environmental Studies and Political Science, 507-222-4123 or 1 N. College Street (2- GDSELL), Northfield, MN 55057.

Questions about data security and storage may be referred to Paula Lackie, IRB Technical Consultant, 507-222-5607.