Institutional Review Board

General Purpose

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a standing committee established to protect the rights and welfare of the human subjects that participate in research conducted by any person affiliated with the College. The function of this Board is to review research proposals submitted by investigator(s) and ensure that the proposals are in compliance with state and federal regulations (45 CFR Part 46).

Authorities and Responsibilities Delegated to the Committee:

  • Review and approve all research projects and modifications prior to the principal investigator(s) conducting research.
  • Determine when research is exempt or requires a review. Certain broad categories of research projects that involve human participants that do meet the definition under the regulations are “exempt” from IRB review.
  • Ensure IRB forms are developed, maintained and available in the designated committee area.


The faculty members of this committee are elected by the faculty. The Committee is composed of five faculty-at-large with at least three graduate faculty members, and at least one faculty member representing each of the Schools. The chair will be elected from the graduate faculty members.

For AY Year ’22-’23:

  • Committee Chair: Christine Helfrich
  • Committee Secretary: Zane Pfefferle

Committee Members:

  • Kate Barlow
  • Michelle Balch
  • Anne Stuart
  • Linette Wilson

IRB Proposal Forms Update

The IRB Proposal forms are submitted electronically online. All new submissions and amendments must be submitted via this system as of 9/1/2022.

There are directions within the form itself to help with completion. The form cannot be submitted until it is complete.

Please click here to begin your New Project Proposal Form.

The Links to complete the CITI Human Subjects Research Protection Training and the Decision Charts are active below. Everyone involved in Human Subjects Research (students and faculty advisors) is required to complete training every three (3) years prior to being approved to start a research project. Once you have completed your initial training, you will only be required to complete the refresher course.

  • Research Ethics Training – This document includes the instructions and links to complete the required Human Subjects Protection Training for all students and faculty engaged in research. There is no cost to complete the training but you must register using your AIC email.
  • IRB Decision Charts – Please use these decision charts to determine if your proposal requires full review or if it is exempt from full review.
  • AIC IRB Consent Form Template – This template is required for all AIC consent forms submitted to the IRB. If your project has been approved by another institution’s IRB and will be using a different consent form, please indicate that on the IRB Proposal.

If you have any questions, please contact the IRB Chair, Dr. Christine Helfrich at

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