• Institutional Review Board (IRB)

    The purpose of the Hamline University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to protect the rights and safety of research participants and to facilitate research activities. In general, all research conducted by members of the Hamline community that involves the participation of humans must be reviewed by the IRB or by a unit subcommittee formed for this purpose. All externally funded projects and all projects involving vulnerable populations must be reviewed by the IRB.

    Research proposal forms

    Hamline University IRB Proposal Form (HSE researchers only)

    Hamline University IRB Proposal Form (All other researchers)

    Exceptions

    All externally funded projects and all projects involving vulnerable populations must be reviewed by the IRB; however, the Code of Federal Regulations states that some projects do not require full IRB review.  These include:

    "research conducted in established or commonly accepted educational settings, involving normal educational practices..." [45 cfr 46.101(b)]."

    "Also exempt is research using educational tests, survey procedures, interview procedures or observations of public behavior, to the degree that such research protects the subjects' confidentiality. Further, certain kinds of research involving no more than minimal risk are eligible for "expedited review" [45 CFR 46.110], and are published as a Notice in the Federal Register."

    Members

    The following individuals comprise the current Hamline University IRB: 

    Social Science: Matthew Olson (Chair)
    HSB: Stacie Bosley (term ends FY15)
    External member: Martin Gunderson (term ends FY15)
    Natural Science: Lisa Stegall (term ends FY14)
    HSE: Jean Strait (term ends FY14)