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IRB Policies

The State University of New York at Potsdam Institutional Review Board was established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects. Since the conduct of research with human subjects may raise fundamental ethical and civil rights questions, no distinctions in the monitoring of projects will be drawn between funded and non-funded projects, or between projects carried out by students, faculty, staff, agents or affiliate researchers (on-campus or off-campus).

SUNY Potsdam official policy statement on the use of Human Subjects in research and the approval process can be found online here.

The IRB’s authority is founded in and guided by many sources, including regulatory statutes, institutional policies, ethical guidelines, and professional standards. These sources include, but are not limited to the following:

Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)

Office of Civil Rights (OCR), within Health and Human Services (HHS)

SUNY Potsdam also regulates the use of faculty, student, staff email lists and how researchers can access those in the recruitment of participants. That policy can be reviewed here:

Questions or concerns should be directed to IRB Chair Lydia Rodriguez at or by calling ext 2688.