UPDATE: COVID-19 FAQs for Researchers.

Type of Review Submission
Exempt Anytime
Expedited Anytime
Full Board 10-12 days prior to the meeting date

Upcoming Meetings

IRB Meeting Schedule for Spring 2021
January 29, 2021
February 19, 2021
March 19, 2021
April 16, 2021
May 7, 2021

IRB has office hours Fridays 12 to 2 (except when board meetings, see dates above). Given current Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns,  the IRB chair, Julie Hochgesang will be hosting virtual office hours. If you want to meet with her between 12 and 2 on Fridays (except when there's a board meeting), set an appointment using this Google Calendar  link where you can share your communication meeting preference (e.g., Zoom meeting or text chat in Google Hangout). You can also email us at IRB@gallaudet.edu

An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee designated by an institution to review, approve, and conduct periodic review of research involving human subjects. The primary purpose of such review is to assure the protection of the rights and welfare of the human subjects.

IRBs have been implemented around the world to prevent unethical treatment of human subjects. IRBs in the United States were established as an outcome of Senate hearings (1972) and legislation passed in 1974. Currently, the federal government regulates IRBs.

The following pages and links detail the Institutional Review Board for Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB). If you are a member of Gallaudet University and plan to run a research study on campus or off-campus, you must go through the IRB process. Similarly, if you are not affiliated with Gallaudet University and plan to run a study on the Gallaudet campus, you will need to go through the IRB approval process with a Gallaudet faculty sponsor. This process is to ensure the safety of the Gallaudet University community.

What needs IRB approval?

All Human Subjects Research conducted by students, faculty, or staff of Gallaudet University must receive approval from the Gallaudet IRB. If your research meets the definitions of both research and human subjects, you must complete the IRB process.

Learn more about federal guidelines.
Learn basic terms and definitions.

Use the IRB Determination Tool to find out if your study will need IRB approval or not.


If You Have Been A Research Participant

The Gallaudet University IRB aims to support research participants. If you have never been in a research study and want to know what to expect, then please contact us. Similarly, if you have been in a research study and want to give us your feedback or report an adverse reaction, then please contact us. See the Research Participants Page for detailed information, such as:

  • What to expect as a research participant
  • Report a violation or adverse reaction
  • Give us feedback about a study you participated in