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St. Lawrence University Institutional Review Board

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You will find links to all of the information you need to submit a proposal or request continuation of an existing proposal. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the IRB chair, Dr. Cathy Crosby, at or (315) 229-5167.

Important Note Regarding CITI Training for AY 2020-21:

All individuals submitting an IRB proposal or a request for continuation of prior approval are required to complete the appropriate CITI Program training prior to submission. No proposals or requests for continuation will be accepted for review without the appropriate CITI training.  

  • If you completed the CITI training 3+ years ago, you will need to complete the Refresher Courses before your proposal/continuation can be reviewed. Login to the CITI website to see if you are due to complete the refresher modules. 
  • If your participants are through the internet (e.g., MTurk), children, international, or in some other way pose special concerns, you will need to complete one or more additional modules in the CITI training. Please click on the link below to CITI Program Training Information for more information.

Meeting Dates and Deadlines

The IRB does not normally meet over the summer. However, given the summer 2021 semester, the committee will be meeting on an as needed basis.

We have scheduled a meeting for the week of April 26th.  If you wish to have a proposal reviewed at that meeting, submit your proposal by no later than Thursday, April 22nd.

Please contact the IRB chair as soon as possible if you expect to need a proposal reviewed during either May or June.  The IRB will not review proposals in July or August. The schedule for the fall semester will be posted in mid-August.

If you would like to attend the IRB meeting at which your proposal will be considered, please contact the IRB chair, Cathy Crosby.

Information about the IRB:

The role of the IRB is to insure that the autonomy and privacy of participants in research conducted by members of the St. Lawrence community are protected. Both the Code of Federal Regulations (Title 45, Part 46) and New York State Public Health Law (Article 24-A) require all proposed research involving human participants be approved by the institution’s IRB before it can proceed.

The principles which guide the IRB in its review and decision process are taken from the Policy Statement of the St. Lawrence University Institutional Review Board:

The IRB shall determine whether:

1) the risks to the participant are so outweighed by the sum of the benefit to the participant or the importance of the knowledge to be gained as to warrant a decision to allow the participant to accept these risks;

2) the rights and welfare of any such participants are adequately protected; and

3) legally effective informed consent is obtained from the participants by adequate and appropriate means.


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Submitting an IRB Proposal:

Post-Approval Forms:

CITI Program Training: