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How to Begin the IRB Process

Notice: All IRB Submisssions after July 31, 2018 MUST be completed using the IRB-PAC. Training Videos for the IRB-OAC can be found HERE.

How to Begin the IRB Process

  1. Determine what level of review your project will require.

    View Levels of Review Flowchart (PDF)


    The Office of Human Research Protections publishes a decision chart to help in determining if a project is exempt, expedited, or requires a full board review. You can also consult those charts as a resource to make an initial determination of the level of review of your application. The charts are available online.
  2. Click HERE to sign on to RF Pre Award Compliance System (PACs)
  3. Click on the 'Select a campus' drop down menu & click on SUNY Potsdam. You should be taken to the Potsdam sign in page. Enter your SUNY Potsdam email and password.
  4. In the upper right corner of the home page click 'my inbox' to see the IRB PAC. You can then choose to submit a new protocol.
  5. Complete and attach the protocol form and all of the appropriate appendices. View the Forms Webpage to access the required protocol and appendices
  6. Upload all data collection tools and recruitment materials - survey instruments, interview questions, solicitation letters, flyers, advertisements, letters, emails, press releases, etc...
  7. Upload all consent form(s) and assent form(s). These forms are available online. Note that the Internet Research Declaimer is also available and must be included in the consent/assent forms for all projects in which data will be collected or sent electronically.

Lydia Rodriguez
Chair of the IRB
238 Satterle Hall
Email: SUNYPotsdamIRB@potsdam.edu
Phone: 267-2688

Proposal Guidance and Help

If you have questions about or need help with the application form or process, contact the IRB Chair at the phone number or email address above.