The Institutional Review Board (IRB) supports the scientific community at St. Edward's by providing ethics oversight for human subjects research. Our mission is to assist University-affiliated investigators in carrying out the most informative research possible while ensuring that it is rendered with the utmost consideration and respect for those involved. 

Covid-19 IRB Research Protocol

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, investigators conducting human subjects research were notified that all face-to-face human subjects research must be halted to ensure the safety of study participants and researchers. Currently, face-to-face meetings and interventions have been replaced with alternatives such as phone or video conferencing using tools such as Zoom or online survey software, i.e Qualtrics. The IRB, in partnership with OIT, relies on guidance from the CDC, FDA, and NSF on possible online / virtual alternatives with safety, data security and ease of use in mind.

At this time, however, there may be a case where COVID-19 risk can be mitigated to a minimal level, allowing research to resume if a PI has modified the IRB protocol to add the risk of COVID-19 exposure to the procedures and consent form, included necessary safety measures, and re-consented new or continuing participants. Guidance for minimizing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in human subjects research can be found at CDC, FDA, and NSF. Studies where the COVID-19 risks cannot be mitigated, or are not modified to address risks associated with COVID-19, cannot resume face-to-face procedures at this time. This guidance is in effect for all SEU students and faculty regardless of geographic location.

These guidances are highly dependent on ongoing updates to federal, state, local, and institutional policies related to physical distancing and allowed activities and based on continuous monitoring of the guidelines. Any changes to study procedures must be approved in advance by the IRB. Please contact IRB@stedwards.edu with questions.

All human subjects research at St. Edward's must be sanctioned by the IRB before data collection may begin. This site provides resources in order to guide you through your proposal submission and to help bring your project into compliance with Federal, State, and University policies that are pertinent to the protection of human subjects (see 45 CFR 46).

The IRB Office

Support is Available For Researchers

The IRB reviews exemption requests, expedited proposals, and studies that qualify for Full Board review. Please expect a ~20 business day turnaround for all new study submissions. To set up a meeting for guidance or support with the IRB process, please contact Laura Minnigerode lminnige@stedwards.edu, or just stop by Holy Cross Rm 106 during office hours. 

Counseling Resources for Research Projects

Mental Health Support

In addition to the protocol considerations, protection of risk in human subjects, and vulnerable populations, the IRB maintains an abundance of caution for mental health. We require that research which might produce any type of emotional or psychological distress include crisis resources both in consent materials and reflected frequently throughout the protocol in any recurrent instances. For a list of crisis resources from the National Alliance on Mental Health, please click here

Planning Your Research

Three Types of IRB Review

The IRB will ultimately determine the level of review needed for your study: exempt, expedited or Full Board. Please note that you must formally request an exemption if your research qualifies. Click here for an overview of exemption qualifications. 

Before continuing, you may wish to review the IRB Application Guide or visit our Guidance Page.

Be sure to complete your required CITI ethics training prior to any proposal submission OR exemption request.

  • All new, non-exempt human research proposals should be submitted through the IRB Submission Portal.
  • Expect a ~20 business-day turnaround for all IRB submissions except for those needing Full Board review.
  • Proposals that are likely to need Full Board review must be received at least 14 days prior to a scheduled meeting (dates listed below). All other requests may be submitted anytime. NOTE: The IRB does not meet May through August.
  • General inquiries may be sent to IRB@stedwards.edu. We are available to assist you!

Request an Exemption

Request a Revision or Continuation

For Expedited and Full Board Proposals:

IRB Online Submission Form