• Institutional Review Board (IRB)

    The purpose of the Hamline University Institutional Review Board is to protect the rights and safety of research participants and to facilitate research activities. All research projects involving human subjects must be submitted to the IRB prior to recruiting participants or beginning any data collection. Only Hamline faculty members can serve as principal investigators on a research protocol.  Click here for more on Faculty Advisor ResponsibilitiesNoncompliance with the policies and requirements of the IRB and its associated federal regulations may lead to disciplinary action.

    There are three types of IRB review: Exempt, Expedited, and Full Board. The review type under which an application falls is based on specific criteria outlined in federal guidelines.  While the principal investigator should indicate the type of review they believe best fits their application, the final determination of review type will be made by the IRB chair or designated IRB member.
    Exempt Review determination is defined by federal regulations. It does not mean investigators are "exempt" from having to submit an application or protocol details to the IRB.  More...
    Expedited Review is defined by 45CFR 46.110.  It does not mean a quick or light review and includes seven specific expedited review categories.  More...
    To determine if your protocol is likely to be exempt or expedited, refer to these checklists:
        Checklist for exempt protocols 
        Checklist for expedited protocols
    Full Board Review is reserved for research that involves more than minimal risk to the subject and is determined following a review by the entire IRB committee.  More...

    Exempt and Expedited Review applications require 2-3 weeks from the date of initial submission for review and notification of the IRB's decision.
    Full Board Review applications are reviewed monthly (the second Tuesday of each month) during the academic year.  Applications for full board review must be received one week prior to the monthly meeting date; late submissions will be considered at the following month's meeting.

    1. All principal investigators must complete the Hamline IRB training before submitting an IRB protocol application.
    2. Complete an IRB Submission Form and upload required documents (outlined in the training module). Supporting documents: 
    Exempt Review Protocol Application
    Expedited or Full Review Protocol Application
    Approved Protocol Amendment form (for changes to an already-approved protocol)
    Protocol Continuation or Closure form (for use with an already-approved protocol)
    3. Use one of the Consent Form Templates linked below.  If written informed consent is required in your protocol, the IRB will only approve use of a consent that uses one of these templates. If your protocol is approved, the IRB will insert the approval number and expiration date on your consent document for use in your study.
    Basic Elements of Informed Consent 
    Template: Informed Consent for research that involves physical or biological testing
    Template: Informed Consent for research that involves behavioral or cognitive psychology or marketing
    Template: Informed Consent for research that involves education
    4. Email any requested revisions to IRB@hamline.edu. Failure to address all requested modifications will result in reject and a request for re-submission. 

    The following individuals comprise the current Hamline University IRB: 
    IRB Chair: Lisa Stegall (term ends June 2019)
    Social Science: Erik Asp (term ends TBC); Gina Erickson (term end TBC)
    Business: Jae Lee (term ends June 2020)
    External member: Anthony Clapp (term ends June 2021)
    Natural ScienceJen Robb (term ends June 2021)
    Education: LeeAnn Godfrey (term ends June 2020); Betsy Parrish (term end TBC)