To ensure the physiological safety and well-being of any individual involved in a research project, any research at Colby-Sawyer College using people (including, but not limited to, surveys, questionnaires, observations, interviews, or experiments) requires written prior approval of the Institutional Review Board.
To ensure that animals are cared for humanely and safely, any College-sponsored research or classroom activity involving animals requires written prior approval from the Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculty.
At Colby-Sawyer College, proposals are submitted to the Institutional Review Board through the internal myIRB site on myColby-Sawyer. If you are an external researcher please contact the IRB Chair. If you are simply looking for information about the Institutional Review Board policies at Colby-Sawyer College, please view the Institutional Review Board Policies and Procedures.
In general, IRBs seek to ensure a few basic things and these can be useful to think about with any survey:
Certain research does not require review. The Institutional Review Board (IRB), not the investigator, certifies whether research qualifies as exempt. Please contact the Chair of IRB or a member of the IRB committee to discuss a research proposal that meets these criteria. In general, the following things are exempt from IRB review:
Please direct any questions to the IRB Chair at IRB@colby-sawyer.edu.