Welcome to the IRB home page
The Bates College Institutional Review
Board (IRB) has been established to approve research projects involving
the use of human participants. The IRB exists both because Bates wants
to ensure that research participants are treated with the utmost respect
and safety and because federal law requires that all federally funded
research involving human participants receive IRB approval. The research
projects concerned include not only standard research but in-class
research and service learning projects as well, and extend to journals
and photographs, video and tape recordings of participants.
The members of the IRB for 2014-2015 are: Michael Sargent (co-chair), Loring Danforth (co-chair), Amy Bradfield Douglass, Bill Seeley, and Darby Ray. Dr. Candace Walworth, MD is the community member.
All proposals should be submitted to Michael Sargent in hardcopy, Pettengill Hall 373. Michael Sargent, the IRB co-chair, can be contacted at email@example.com or by phone at (207) 786-6277.
Please note an important addition to the IRB approval
process: Effective September 2012, all researchers must
complete the National Institute of Health's
Research Participants online course. As part of your
application process to the Bates IRB, you must present your certificate
of completion. The course takes approximately three hours to
Federal guidelines state that any institution receiving federal funds for research using human participants must establish an Institutional Review Board; all federally funded research must receive IRB approval.
"An IRB shall review and have authority to approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), or disapprove all research activities covered by this policy. An IRB may require informed consent and require documentation of informed consent. An IRB is to notify the investigator and the institution of its approval or disapproval of a research activity. If it disapproves, it will give its reasons and provide an opportunity for the investigator to respond in writing or in person. An IRB will provide periodic (usually annual) reviews of approved, long-term research activities."
Does my project proposal need to be submitted to the IRB?
How do I submit my proposal to the IRB?
Our downloads page has sample documents and the proposal checklist.