Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The IRB facilitate the review and safety of research studies and projects involving human subjects at the University of Puget Sound, in compliance with university policy and federal guidelines. All such projects typically must have the Board's approval. Most often such research done at the university tends to fall into the areas of physical education, psychology, and occupational and physical therapy, but projects in other subject areas will require the IRB to grant approval if human subjects are involved.

On this page you will find information about current and recent Board activities, forms needed to seek IRB approval of a proposed research project, and links to useful resources for teaching and learning about research ethics and research with human subjects and animal populations.

IRB activities

Here you can find a list of the current IRB members, the IRB Committees & Minutes, and the IRB policy statement on the Ethical Care & Use of Animals in research at UPS.

Completed protocols should be submitted to Jimmy McMichael as (a) a hardcopy in Jones 212 (CMB 1020) with all required signatures on the coversheet, and (b) an electronic copy sent to

The Fall 2015 protocol deadlines and meeting dates are:

Protocol Due DateMeeting Date
September 23, 2015 October 07, 2015
October 21, 2015 November 4, 2015
November 18, 2015 December 2, 2015

Required Forms

If you are putting together your IRB proposal for the first time you should download the IRB Handbook. 

Resources for learning and teaching

A number of books and videos concerning ethical issues in the conduct of research are available to university faculty, staff and students. An evolving list of the resources available can be found online. We are also developing a resource page with links to key online information sources on research ethics and related topics. Suggestions for further on-line sources are always welcome.