Research on our campus involving human and non-human participants is overseen by one of two review boards. 
Research involving human participants is reviewed by our Institutional Review Board or IRB, while research with non-human participants is reviewed by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). 
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.

A summary of the policies and procedures of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) ( along with the required proposal review forms are also available online.


Additional Resources:

The following links will take you to major web portals where information and resources related to topics in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience may be found: