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Spelman College Institutional Review Board (IRB)

IRB Policies (PDF)

Statement of Ethical Principles

The mission of the Spelman College Institutional Review Board is to ensure that all research involving human subjects conducted at the college or by researchers associated with the college be guided by the ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice as set forth in The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects.

In particular, the IRB is committed to making sure that research conducted at, by, and for Spelman College:
  • Is done with the voluntary consent of participants who are properly informed about the risks and benefits of the study;
  • Protects the privacy and dignity of participants;
  • Minimizes the risk to study participants, while maximizing a study’s benefits;
  • Utilizes equitable procedures for participant recruitment and selection so that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, class, sexual orientation or other factor; and
  • Is sensitive to the setting in which it takes place

The Federal Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) has useful materials related to protection of human subjects available for download.

IRB Meeting Dates
Monthly as required. Most reviews are conducted as online designated reviews throughout the year as needed.

Deadline for Submission
First day of Fall Break |  First day of Spring Break

It's HERE!! You can now submit your submission through our new Spelman Cayuse IRB platform.

• Funding lifecycle centralized database
• Route grant and IRB proposals
• System-to-system submission with
• Track and manage grants administration

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Contact Us

Margaret Farrow
Margaret Farrow
Director, Research Development
& Sponsored Programs
Fax: 404-270-5884