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Institutional Review Board

Bentley University Institutional Review Board

In accordance with Bentley University’s mission, our Institutional Review Board (IRB) is committed to ensuring the safe and ethical treatment of human participants in our research. Federal and university regulations stipulate that all faculty, staff, and student research projects, involving human subjects, are reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to their initiation. This requirement covers all human participant research conducted at, or sponsored by, Bentley, and all research involving human subjects conducted at other institutions in which Bentley faculty, staff, or students will be involved. Our ultimate goal is to provide timely service, support and assistance in promoting the ethical conduct of all research involving human subjects and to assure the safety, rights and welfare of all participants in our research projects.

Bentley’s IRB has been granted Federalwide Assurance (FWA00007335) by the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP).


Bill Wiggins, IRB Chair, Professor, Department of Law, Tax and Financial Planning

Susan Richman, IRB Administrator and Director of Sponsored Programs

Institutional Official
Daniel Everett, Dean, Arts and Sciences

Committee Members AY 2016-17
Tony Buono, Department of Management

Gary David, Department of Sociology

Kelly Giardullo, Office of Institutional Research and Planning

Phillip Knutel, Community Member

Fred Ledley, Department of Natural and Applied Sciences

Helen Meldrum, Department of Natural and Applied Sciences

David Missirian, Department of Law, Taxation and Financial Planning

Michael Haselkorn, Department of Accountancy

David Szymanski, Department of Natural and Applied Sciences

Lan Xia, Department of Marketing

Policies and Procedures

All submissions should be sent to Bill Wiggins, IRB Chair, Morison 278. Electronic submissions are acceptable:

The following policies and procedures were adopted by Bentley University for oversight of research by the university’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).

A range of forms are provided to facilitate IRB compliance. Word versions of all forms (electronic format) are available upon request to the IRB Chair.

On-line training on IRB protocols is also available here.

All student research should be approved by the faculty sponsor. Students must complete and submit a Faculty Sponsor-Student Investigator Assurance Form.

Office for Human Research Protections Decision Charts

The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) has updated its set of Human Subject Regulations Decision Charts (October 26, 2004). The revised decision charts provide graphic aids to assist institutional review boards (IRBs), investigators, and others who decide if an activity is research involving human subjects that must be reviewed by an IRB under the requirements of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations at 45 C.F.R. part 46.

The charts address decisions on the following:

  1. whether an activity is research that must be reviewed by 
    an IRB;
  2. whether the review may be performed by expedited procedures; and
  3. whether informed consent or its documentation may be waived.

These charts are available at the website.