Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The SUNY Polytechnic Institute IRB

The IRB reviews research involving human subjects conducted under the auspices of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute. It oversees research activities conducted by or involving individuals including faculty, staff and students of SUNY Polytechnic by considering risks and anticipated benefits to the subjects and others.

Members of the IRB are professionally competent to ascertain the acceptability of research on human subjects and include at least one member who is not affiliated with the SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

IRB meetings: Second Tuesday of each month during the academic year.


IRB Contact Information

If you have any questions about research on human subjects being conducted under the auspices of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute, please contact the IRB:

Janet Paluh, Associate Professor, IRB Chair, 257 Fuller Road, Albany, NY 12203
Rebecca Weldon, Associate Professor, IRB Vice Chair, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Ross Goodman, Director of Compliance, 257 Fuller Road, Albany, NY 12203

Application Information

Submitting Applications

Applications for human subjects research are submitted to the IRB via the IRB email. Human subjects research cannot begin until the protocol is approved by the IRB. Please see the tables and information below. Supporting information may also be required, such as copies of questions to be asked in surveys, images of equipment, etc. The Chair or Vice Chair will confirm receipt of materials. The researcher can expect a response in the following time frames for a particular review type and cycle.  Revisions and clarifications may be requested. A protocol may undergo multiple review cycles. The time frames for review depend on the type of protocol submitted and are subject to availability of IRB members and convening of IRB meetings.  See also the Frequently Asked Questions provided at the end of this page.

Table I: Type of Review and Decision Timeframe

Type of review Typical time frame
Convened Board 8 weeks
Exempt 3 weeks
Expedited Review 3 weeks
Continuing Review 3-8 weeks


Required CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) Training

Human subjects research proposals require the researcher and their staff to submit completed CITI training documentation with their protocol submission and maintain that training during the research timeframe. SUNY Polytechnic has agreements in place for ethics and compliance training on the CITI website. You will need to submit both the detailed summary statement and the cover page completion documents. Begin with the Human Subjects Research Biomedical Comprehensive course modules. Contact the IRB for any needed guidance on specific training courses relevant to your research and how to take a course.  

Levels of IRB Review

  • Exempt: If you feel that your research involving human subjects should be exempt from IRB review, please read the Exempt Research policy, and submit the completed Application for Exemption form.

  SUNY Poly IRB Membership

  Additional Resources and Useful Links


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Detailed information, brochures and forms can be mailed to you upon request.


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