The Bryn Mawr College Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with reviewing human subject research. Bryn Mawr College is committed to safeguarding the welfare, rights, and privacy of all persons who are participants in research projects conducted under its auspices, and to ensuring that the participants of such research are aware of their rights and the protections available to them. Moreover, the College is required to assure the federal government that such safeguards are being provided and enforced.
Human Subject Research Training
All researchers (i.e., faculty, staff, and students) whose work involves human participants must complete human subjects research training and receive certification prior to submitting proposals for IRB review. Departmental reviewers must also complete this training.
The NIH's short Protecting Human Research Participants online course satisfies this training requirement and is free to researchers. It should take no more than 1.5-2 hours to complete.
If you have already completed this or another human subjects research training, you can upload your certificate to satisfy the requirement -- click here for info on how to access previously earned NIH certificate.
IRB Review Procedures
All research involving human participants conducted at Bryn Mawr by faculty, students, or staff and by outside researchers who wish to use Bryn Mawr faculty, students, or staff as research participants must be reviewed and approved by the IRB. There are three categories of review, depending on the level of risk to participants. These levels of review are exempt, expedited or full review. See here for policies and procedures.
Meetings for Spring 2016 are as follows at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research on:
Fall 2016 meeting dates will be posted on this page as soon as they are scheduled in late Spring 2016.