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.

Ethical Principles and Federal Regulations (pdf)

Authority, Roles, and Responsibilities of the IRB (pdf)

IRB Membership (pdf)

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, Chair of the IRB, 257 Fuller Road, Albany, NY 12203

Phone: 315-351-3IRB (315-351-3472)


Information for those who conduct research on human subjects

Submission of applications:

The researcher can expect a response in the following time frames for a particular review cycle. A protocol may undergo multiple review cycles. These time frames depend on the type of review and are subject to availability of IRB members and convening of IRB meetings.

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

Required training on research ethics and compliance: Available at Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) website. Contact the IRB for guidance on specific training course(s) to take 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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