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St. Lawrence University Institutional Review Board

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 Information Regarding the CITI Training Requirement: All individuals submitting an IRB proposal or a request for continuation of prior approval are required to complete the CITI Program training. If you completed the CITI Training 3+ years ago, you will need to complete the refresher modules before your proposal/continuation can be reviewed. Login to the CITI website to see if you are due to complete refresher modules. Also, if your participants are through the internet (e.g., MTurk), children, international, or in some other way require special protection, you will need to complete one or more additional modules in the CITI training. Please click on the links below for more information.

Meeting Dates and Deadlines:

The fall 2019 schedule will be posted in mid-August.  If you have questions now about a proposal you are planning, please feel free to contact the IRB chair.  

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.

Submitting an IRB Proposal:

Post-Approval Forms:

CITI Program Training:

Not sure whether your project requires IRB approval? Click here