Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews campus research projects that involve the collection of information from human participants—whether conducted by Trinity faculty, students, or people not affiliated with Trinity but conducting the research within the College—must in general be reviewed by the IRB.

Exceptions are classroom projects, problems courses, and independent studies that are exclusively for instructional or mentorship purposes and that do not entail greater than minimal risk to human subjects.

All student research involving human subjects intended for publication or wide dissemination on a web page or a presentation outside of the classroom (e.g., at a conference or poster session) must be submitted for review by the IRB. As well, student research involving human subjects must be supervised by a Trinity College faculty advisor who will assume the responsibility for ensuring that all research procedures comply with federal and state laws and regulations and College policies designed to protect human participants. 

IRB application materials should be sent to
Please note that the IRB does not have a regular meeting schedule during the summer months, and will only be  reviewing proposals on an as-needed basis prior to September.  Please contact the administrator if you have an immediate need between June 1 – September 1, 2016.

IRB Committee Chair:

Jack A. Dougherty, Professor of Educational Studies
McCook 302
Phone:  860-297-2296

IRB Administrators:

Carol Darr, Associate Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations
Trinity Commons 115
Phone: 860-297-2339

Kristin Magendantz, Director of Faculty Grants and Sponsored Research
Trinity Commons
Phone: 860-297-5347