About the Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee established by Russell Sage College (RSC) to protect the rights of human subjects participating in research. Initially, the Federal Government mandated that IRBs review federally-funded human subjects research. New York State requires that all human subjects research be reviewed by an IRB. Russell Sage College’s IRB is registered with the Office for Human Research Protection of the Department of Health and Human Services and has received a Federal Wide Assurance from the agency. The Sage IRB ensures that participation in a research project is voluntary, that the decision to participate is informed, and that the benefits of the research outweigh the risks.

Human Subjects Research Training

Sage IRB requires that all researchers (including students) applying for a project review must demonstrate competency in human subjects research and provide a certificate that is dated within the last five years. Please visit the CITI Program website to complete this training if you do not already have it.  To learn more about getting registered, signing up for courses, and other details please visit:  Getting Started with CITI.

COVID and Russell Sage College’s Institutional Review Board

At this time, new research protocols may be submitted that use in-person data collection procedures. All researchers will need to describe their processes for mitigating risks due to COVID-19 in the application and in all materials given to participants (particularly in the informed consent forms).

Applying for Review

To apply for Project Review, please read the Instructions for Submission of IRB projects, review the IRB project review forms, and check the IRB Policy and Procedures Manual. Any questions regarding the IRB may be directed to the chair, Dr. Francesca Durand, at [email protected] or 518-292-1835, or any other board member.

2023-2024 IRB Materials & Forms

IRB Contact

Associate Professor and Chair, Institutional Review Board