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 2018 Deadlines

Proposals Due

Meeting Date

Response Sent by

September 17

September 24

October 1

October 11

October 18

October 25

November 8

November 15

November 22

December 6

December 13

December 20

Spring 2019 Deadlines

Proposals Due

Meeting Date

Response Sent by

February 4

February 11

February 18

March 4

March 11

March 18

April 1

April 8

April 15

April 29

May 6

May 13

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 (chair,
  • Brandt Burgess
  • Caroline Ramaley
  • Bruce Robertson
  • Shai Secunda
  • Peter Gadsby (administrative representative)
  • Mark Moreland (community representative)
If you have questions about your proposal, contact the IRB chair.