Institutional Review Board

As of October 1, 2012, the Adler Graduate School began processing all research related activities through a system called an Institutional Review Board (IRB).  An IRB is guided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is a component of most colleges and universities. 

The IRB is comprised of three faculty members and one public member who have specific areas of expertise and extensive research experience.

As the IRB becomes fully implemented, we want to make you aware of several important pieces of information.

  1. There is a revised Master’s Project Proposal form at This form will guide you through a decision-making process that will help you to determine if you are clear of IRB oversight in the use of human participants or whether you need further review.
  2. The Master’s Project Guidelines document will be updated by the first of the year to reflect all of these changes.
  3. The best way to reach the Institutional Review Board is via email:
  4. The IRB is an oversight body that protects human participants in research studies.  Although IRB members may be available to consult at times, it is the responsibility of the Student, Chairperson, and Reader to determine appropriate research methods, safety mechanisms, etc. 
  5. All previously approved Master’s Project using human participants that will be completed by 12/31/12, including the oral exam, must provide the IRB with a recap of the project and an explanation of how data will be stored.  The IRB may request additional information if needed.  If you think your project used human participants and you have not been in touch with the IRB, please email us.
  6. All previously approved Master’s Project using human participants that will be completed by 3/31/13, including the oral exam, must provide answers to a series of procedural questions (available upon email request to ).  If you are beginning or in the process of collecting participant data, please email the IRB immediately.
  7. All previously approved Master’s Projects using human participants that will NOT be completed by 3/31/13 must submit the entire IRB application form.  If you have begun to collect participant data or have started recruitment activities, please stop and contact the IRB immediately.  If you have not begun to collect participant data and/or have not started recruiting participants, please do nothing with participants until you have submitted the full IRB application and received approval.
  8. When in doubt, send an email to

As with all major initiatives, this too will be a work in progress.  Once students and faculty start interacting with the documents, we will have a better idea of how to streamline the process.

If you have any additional comments or questions, please contact Marina Bluvshtein, IRB Chairperson, or Chris Helgestad, Academic Vice President.

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