All faculty, staff and student led research projects involving human subjects/participants must be reviewed by the Oberlin College Institutional Review Board prior to beginning a study. Information about the IRB review process and application forms are located on the A&S Dean’s website.

All students participating in course based or independent research MUST take the appropriate CITI course training before submitting an IRB protocol.  Instructions on how to take the course can be found in the training tab of the IRB website.

Please use the application forms for: 1) exemption from full committee review, 2) blanket exemption for class projects, and 3) full review provided on the IRB site as they are the most current and have instructions on the what information is needed for the review.   For additional information please contact the IRB chair (; x58410). PLEASE NOTE: We are in the process of developing a new set of forms that will be used beginning January 21, 2019. We will allow the current forms to be used until January 31, 2019. 

Note that supervisors are responsible for student projects and for insuring students submit final revisions.  Final revisions should go directly to the IRB chair at from the faculty supervisor’s email address.

Applications for review are due on Tuesdays, no later than 3pm on the dates below (late applications will be reviewed with the next cycle of applications).

Tuesday February 11th

Tuesday February 25th

Tuesday March 10th (last submission before Spring break)

Tuesday March 24th 

Tuesday April 7th  

Tuesday April 21st (suggested submission deadline for students with summer projects)

Tuesday May 5th

Tuesday May 19th (last submission for Summer)

Important Changes to IRB: On January 21, 2019 the “Final Common Rule” goes into effect. What this means for Oberlin: Faculty conducting oral history research are not required to submit an IRB protocol to the Committee. However, all student research with human participants MUST be reviewed by IRB.  (Please see the definition of oral history research here-data collection by interview is NOT synonymous with oral history). 

Effective for research beginning on or after April 15th, 2019, any student engaging in research with human subjects are required to complete online CITI Training for human participant research. Details are available on the IRB website. This training is free. Faculty and Staff are also encouraged to take the CITI training courses.