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What do I have to do to get IRB approval of my research?

Fill out the IRB's application form, describing what you intend to do, the subject pool you intend to work with, and the measures you intend to employ to obtain informed consent and protect subjects' privacy.  You'll also need to take an online course on the ethics of research on human beings.  This course takes roughly three hours to complete. After you take the tutorial and pass the quiz, the site will provide a certificate of completion for you.



The IRB must approve all research conducted at Middlebury, or undertaken by members of the Middlebury community, that involves human beings as subjects. You must submit an application and obtain IRB approval before you start your research. The approval process can take several weeks, so please check the submission deadline and allow sufficient time (note: Many submitted protocols can be evaluated by the chair and/or a subcommittee of the full IRB within two weeks of submission.