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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

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All faculty or student research involving human subjects – whether funded or unfunded – must be reviewed and approved by D'Youville's Institutional Review Board before being carried out.

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) committee uses federal guidelines to protect the safety, rights, and welfare of research subjects.

How to Apply for IRB Review

  1. Read the entire D'Youville IRB Manual (PDF).
  2. Complete the mandatory online National Institutes of Health (NIH) tutorial, which takes about four hours. When you're done, make sure to print out copies of the online certificate of completion. Please note, the certification is valid for three years from the date of completion. If your research is not completed within that time, you will need to complete the tutorial again.
  3. After you've reviewed the IRB Manual, you should understand which type of research you're proposing: exempt, expedited or standard. You'll need to submit the following completed forms and documentation to the IRB committee (Graduate Studies Office, KAB, room 442) as a packet OR scan and email the packet to Erin Bellavia at
  4. Data Use Agreement (PDF). A data use agreement (DUA) allows a researcher to share information (namely a “limited data set”) with a colleague or another person or entity not associated with the study or the researcher’s institution. The data being shared is limited to the data elements essential to the research. Furthermore, an Institutional Review Board (IRB) must be notified if a researcher or institution plans to share a limited data set with a recipient (person or entity) not named in the original IRB application. A DUA is not required if the recipient is part of the trial and is included in the IRB Authorization or waiver of Authorization approval for the trial.


IRB applications may be submitted at any time. Allow at least two months for the IRB Review process. 

The standard review committee meets once a month. Please refer to the meeting schedule and application due dates. Applications must be received by the specified due date in order to be considered for that month's meeting.

IRB Meeting Schedule 2018-2019

All meetings are on Wednesdays at 11 AM in the Library conference room.

Meeting Date Apps Due By
September 26 September 14
October 24 October 12
November 28 November 16
 December 12  November 30
January 23 January 11
February 20 February 8
March 27 March 15
April 24 April 12
May 15 May 3

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Contact Us

Dr. Julia Hall
Director, IRB
Campus location: KAB 425
Phone: (716) 829-7840

Erin Bellavia
Administrative Assistant
Campus location: SASE 115 
Phone: (716) 829-8130