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Boston College Institutional Review Board


The Boston College Institutional Review Board's (IRB) mission is to protect the rights and welfare of people who take part in research at Boston College. Federal regulations and University Policy require prospective review and approval of all human subject research conducted by faculty, staff, or students.  As with Boston College's Jesuit tradition of excellence, service and beneficence, the goal of the IRB is to ensure the safe and ethical treatment of research participants.

How do I get help and information on the status of my application?
You can sign into CyberIRB to check the status of your IRB application. You can also call ORP. ORP staff will be happy to help you navigate your way through the IRB process.
(617) 552-4778

Office for Research Protections (ORP)
Waul House, 2nd Floor
Office Phone:  617-552-4778
Office Fax:  617-552-0498
Facebook: Boston College IRB
Twitter: @BC_IRB

ORP Staff

Director - Dr. Stephen Erickson:
Associate Director - Carolyn O'Connor:
IRB/IACUC Analyst - Rashika Evans:
IRB Analyst - Meghan Zugibe:
Graduate Assistant - Chloe Wang

Policy and Procedures:
The Policy for the Protection of Human Research Participants is available. In addition, a Standard Operating Procedures for Researchers is has been created as a companion document to the Policy.  It contains a wealth of information concerning protocol submission and approval as well as coverage of many special topics.

Online Ethics Training Courses:
The BC IRB Training Policy requires all research personnel (including faculty advisors) to complete an online human subjects training course either through CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) or NIH (National Institutes of Health). Copies of the training certificates should be submitted with all IRB applications. 

IRB Meeting Dates & Deadlines
Full board protocols are reviewed at a fully convened IRB Meeting. Protocols that need to reviewed at a meeting must be ready for IRB review 10 business days in advance of the meeting. IRB Meetings are held on every 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Academic Year 2015-2016


September  16, 2015
October 21, 2015
November 18, 2015
December 16, 2015
January 20, 2016
February 17, 2016
March 16, 2016
April 20, 2016
May 18, 2016
June 15, 2016
July 20, 2016
August 17, 2016


IRB Review Timeline (approximate)
Exempt - 10 business day
Exepedited - 20 business days
Full Board - 30-60 business days




On July 1, 2015 CyberIRB, an online IRB submission system, was introduced. Investigators will now use CyberIRB to submit initial IRB applications, amendments and continuing reviews. September 30th is the last day that ORP will accept IRB applications via email. 

To log in, go to: Users will be directed to type in their BC username and BC password as they would for Agora. 


Please help us spread the word by sharing this information with your colleagues and students who may be engaging in research with human subjects. Flyers announcing this change will be placed around campus.

A previously recorded CyberIRB training video can be viewed here.

NEW! Follow us on Twitter: @BC_IRB

Instructions for CITI:
Enter the site. Create a user name and password. Main Menu. Add a course. Basic Courses in the Protection of Human Research Subjects. Social and Behavioral Focus. NOTE: we do not accept the responsible conduct of research course.

Retiring of MyFiles
The BC IRB has required PI's to store data in MyFiles as an added level of protection. BC is retiring MyFiles at the end of 2015. Effective immediately, BC IRB will accept the following methods for storing human subjects data: (1) Faculty Only -google drive with cloud lock, (2) RedCap (3) Departmental servers if on encrypted "S" drive (4) Data Archive and (5) Linux Cluster. Click here for further information.

Instructions for CITI:
Enter the site. Create a user name and password. Main Menu. Add a course. Basic Courses in the Protection of Human Research Subjects. Social and Behavioral Focus. NOTE: we do not accept the responsible conduct of research course.

Refresher course: Log-in. Add a course. Social and Behavioral Research Investigators. Refresher course.

Instructions for NIH:
Enter the site. Create a user name and password. Complete the Protecting Human Research Participants modules and print a copy of your training certificate. NIH does not offer a refresher course at this time.


  1. Federal regulations require annual review of expedited and full board protocols. Continuing review applications must be submitted 30 days in advance of the expiration date on a protocol. 
  2. Invesitgators are responsible for closing their protocols when they have either completed their research or have left the university.
    Project Closure Form
  3. Effective May 20, 2015, the BC IRB has implement a new policy whereby PI's are no longer required to submit amendments to increase participant enrollment if they meet certain criteria. For example, if more participants complete an online survey than expected, a PI only needs to report that in a CR as opposed to submitting an amendment. However, if a PI wishes to include a new population (e.g. males when it has only been females, or minors when it has only been adults), that PI will still need to submit an amendment. This is only one example. Details can be found in section IV part M of the SOPs for Researchers.