IRB Institutional Review Board

Notice:  The U.S. Department of Human Health and Services has issued revisions to the federal Common Rule on the Protection of Human Subjects which were to be implemented on January 19, 2018. However, the Department has delayed implementation of the new rule until January 19, 2019, and further delays are possible. Accordingly, projects submitted for review before January 19, 2019, remain subject to the old rule.

Resources for learning about the new rule may be accessed from the New Human Subjects Rule Resources page. Until full implementation of the new rule, these resources are for reference, not guidance.

Please direct questions to Kathie Galotti, 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 Kathie Galotti, IRB Chair and William H. Laird Professor of Cognitive Science, 507-222-4376 or 1 N. College Street (2- PSYCH), Northfield, MN 55057.

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