Institutional Review Board: Meeting and Decision Dates

Deadlines for Submitting Proposals

Each proposal must be read by the IRB Chair, be reviewed by at least one primary reviewer, and be discussed in a full committee meeting. This takes time! Please structure your proposal carefully, include all of the necessary materials, and describe the content of your methods in detail. Working closely with your faculty adviser and/or an IRB committee member will facilitate the review process. Late submissions will be reviewed at the NEXT meeting date.

Meeting and Decision Dates

IRB Decisions

Proposal Exempt: an “exempt” decision means your research does not meet the definition of human subjects research as defined by the federal government and thus does not need IRB review.

Proposal Approved:
an “approval” decision means you can begin conducting your research and collecting data that involves human subjects.

Minor Revisions Required: a “minor revisions required” decision means that your materials are largely in order, but there are a few minor issues that need to be addressed before final approval can be given. A proposal that requires minor revisions can be reviewed, and a decision rendered, immediately upon resubmission. Resubmissions should be sent to and directly to the chair of the IRB.

Major Revisions Required: a “major revisions required” decision means that the proposal requires substantive revisions before it can be approved. Often proposals receiving this decision are incomplete and missing important documents necessary for review. A resubmission that receives a second decision of “major revisions required” will be denied and you will have to begin the submission process anew. A proposal that requires major revisions must be reviewed at the next (or a future) IRB meeting. Resubmissions should be sent to

Proposal Denied: a “denial” decision means your proposal does not meet the federal standards required for research involving human subjects.

Fall 2017 Deadlines

Proposals Due

Meeting Date

Response Sent by

September 12

September 19

September 26

October 10

October 17

October 24

November 7

November 14

November 21

December 5

December 12

December 19

Spring 2018 Deadlines

Proposals Due

Meeting Date

Response Sent by

February 6

February 13

February 20

March 6

March 13

March 20

April 3

April 10

April 17

May 1

May 8

May 15

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,
  • Elizabeth Mensch (community representative)
  • Peter Gadsby (administrative representative)
If you have questions about your proposal, contact the IRB chair.