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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

Submit a New Proposal

Contact Information

General Questions:

Director, Research Development
& Sponsored Programs

Margaret Farrow
Fax: 404-270-5884

Contact Us

Office of Research, Innovation, and Collaboration

Alisa Butler
Alisa Buchanan-Butler
Operations Manager (ORIC)
404-270-5786 Fax