How do I get blanket IRB approval for the course I am teaching?

Courses in which the curriculum consists substantially of independent student research are subject to IRB approval. Faculty members seeking approval for a course must submit an application for the course.

We define original research as systematic investigation, including pilot projects and feasibility studies, designed to expand generalizable knowledge or understanding. Such activities include collecting and analyzing data from surveys, questionnaires, interviews, observation, manipulation, sampling, or experimentation.

Private information includes information that can be identified with an individual and that is obtained in a context in which an individual can reasonably expect that no observation or recording is taking place, or information that has been recorded for specific purposes and which the individual can reasonably expect will not be made public (e.g., medical records).


Interaction includes contact (including observational studies) or communication with the individual, manipulation of the subject, or manipulation of the subject's environment.


Institutional Review Board

Eileen Brunetto, Coordinator

Alison Darrow, Administrator

Michael J. Sheridan, Chair


Policies and Procedures

Grant-seeking at Middlebury must follow College policies and procedures. Follow these links to learn more.

Grant-Seeking Resources

More information related to grant seeking is available at the sites listed below.

Middlebury Resources

Academic Administration

Forms for internal funding (including FPDF and FRAF), leave program policies and guidelines, and information related to programs administered by the DeanĀ for Faculty

Institutional Review Board (IRB)