Institutional Review Board

Attention all faculty, staff or students doing research involving human subjects...

If you or your students want to collect and analyze surveys of information provided by people, wish to carry out classic psychology experiments, are planning systematic testing of teaching or coaching procedures and techniques, or whatever else might involve human subjects, then the Institutional Review Board (IRB) can help you be sure your efforts are ethically appropriate.

Bluffton University’s IRB helps researchers develop projects that meet ethical standards for research involving human subjects. Researchers are required to obtain approval by the IRB of all such projects before they are initiated. The board is mandated to conduct reviews of all research projects involving human subjects, per the dean of academic affairs.

More information, including definitions, procedures and approval forms are available on and listed in the resource link for both faculty/staff and students.