Institutional Review Board

  • Institutional Review Board

    What is the IRB?
    • Manhattan College’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) considers projects proposed by faculty, students and administrators involving the use of humans or animals as participants in research. The IRB Committee must approve any proposal before the research can be conducted. Completed applications should be submitted well in advance of when you plan to begin data collection.
    • All Manhattan College students, faculty, and staff members undertaking research that involves the use of human subjects should complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. After completing the required courses, please keep a copy of each training certificate for your records. The CITI Program can be accessed here: CITI PrograM
    • Instructions for CITI Program registration can be found here.
    • For a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ's) concerning the IRB at Manhattan College, please click here.


    What Needs an IRB Review?
    • All research projects that will involve human participants must be submitted for review and approval before beginning the study. This includes proposed research involving existing data and previously collected human fluid and tissue samples, as well as any advertising or other recruitment procedures. 

    • Human subjects are "living individuals about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains data through intervention or interaction with the individual, identifiable private information." Intervention includes both physical procedures by which data are gathered (e.g., venipuncture) and manipulations of the subject or the subject's environment that are performed for research purposes (e.g, providing stimuli to gauge reaction and response).

      Interaction includes communication or interpersonal contact between investigator and subject (for example, surveys and interviews).

      Private information includes:

      • Information about behavior that occurs in a context in which an individual can reasonably expect that no observation or recording is taking place, and
      • Information which has been provided for specific purposes by an individual and which the individual can reasonably expect will not be made public (for example, a medical record).

      Private information must be individually identifiable (i.e., the identity of a participant is associated with the information or may readily be ascertained by the investigator) in order for obtaining the information to constitute research involving human subjects.

      If you are unsure if your project involves research with human subjects, please consult with IRB staff who can provide guidance in making this determination.


    The IRB Review Process
    • The IRB application will be reviewed thoroughly to ensure that the proposed research complies with Federal regulations. The Chair or Vice Chair will determine if the research meets the requirements for exemption. Research that does not meet the requirements for exemption can be approved through expedited review or full review at the next Board meeting. Expedited review will be conducted by the Chair and/or a designee assigned by the Chair. Full board review will require a discussion and vote by a minimum of 5 IRB members and an external reviewer. If the Board does not approve the application, the applicant is informed of the revisions that are needed in order for the application to be approved.


      Exempt proposals can expect approval and certification within 1 week. Expedited proposals can expect approval and certification within 1-2 weeks. Full reviews may take up to a month depending on the IRB meeting schedule.


    Application Documents
    • IRB Application Form- To be used for all projects proposed by faculty, students and administrators involving the use of humans or animals as participants in research. [For students and those new to the IRB application, please see this version of the application that contains additional instructions and hints.]
    • Participant Informed Consent Form- To be used in order to establish informed consent of all research subjects/participants prior to their participation in the research project. 
    • Audio and Video Consent Form - This is an additional consent form that must be used ALONG WITH the traditional consent form if research participants will be audio or video recorded during their participation. Submit along with your application.
    • IRB Amendment Form- Please submit an amendment form for any changes to IRB approved research. Substantial changes may require a new application process.
    • FERPA IRB Form- Please follow this link to the Registar's website which provides two different IRB FERPA consent forms; one is for the release of educational records and the other is for in class permission for the release of educational records for research purposes. 


    Where to send IRB Applications