Institutional Review Board FAQs

Does my project need to be reviewed?

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I'm doing a class project. Does it have to be reviewed?

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Does my Senior Project have to be reviewed?

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What is meant by "minimal risk"?

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What exactly constitutes "deception?"

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What is meant by "exempt review"? If research is exempt, why is it reviewed?

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Why do you talk about "human research participants"? Is this the same as "human subjects"?

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Why aren't all scholarly activities that involve human participants covered by the IRB?

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Where do I get training in the ethical treatment of human research participants?

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Who do I talk to if I'm not sure if my project needs to be reviewed?

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What do I do with my completed proposal?

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What do I do if my adviser has not yet approved my proposal?

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What do I do during the summer?

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Where can I learn more?

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Contact the IRB


IRB Members

Here are the six representatives on Bard's Institutional Review board:
five faculty from the College plus one community representative.
Please feel free to contact any of us if you have any questions about the IRB process.
  • Sanjaya DeSilva
  • Gautam Sethi
  • Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins
  • Justin Hulbert (chair, jhulbert@bard.edu)
  • Elizabeth Mensch (community representative)
  • Peter Gadsby (administrative representative)
If you have questions about your proposal, contact the IRB chair.

E-mail: irb@bard.edu