Research Policy

Research Policies at Washington College

Students and faculty undertaking research involving human and animal subjects follow standards that assure confidentiality and ethical treatment.

Research on our campus involving human and non-human participants is overseen by one of two review boards. 

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Research involving human participants is reviewed by our Institutional Review Board or IRB.
What is an Institutional Review Board (IRB)?
An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a federally mandated panel that is charged with overseeing the protection of human participants in research. 

The IRB’s Mission 

The goal of the IRB is to protect human research participants by ensuring that

  • participants’ rights and welfare are adequately protected,
  • research is guided by the ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice as set forth in the Belmont Report
  • research is conducted with the highest level of expertise and integrity, and
  • research complies with all applicable laws, policies and regulations.
Students and faculty at Washington College may review the policies of the Institutional Review Board (IRB)for Research with Human Subjects and download IRB forms.



Professor George Spilich