Institutional Review Board for Human Participant Research (IRB) Office

Institutional Review Board for Human Participant Research (IRB) Office

East Hill Office Building (EHOB)
Suite 320
395 Pine Tree Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

POSTED 3/20/20: Owing to the heightened risk of COVID-19 transmission, the Provost and Vice Provost for Research have stated that “we must reduce laboratory research and other nonessential research activities.”  Therefore, although the IRB is moving forward with reviewing and approving protocols, amendments, and renewals, these approvals do NOT supersede the Provost’s directive. The decision as to whether you can proceed with any laboratory research activities during the coronavirus-associated reduction in laboratory research will be made by your Dean.

  • No study participants may be brought to campus.
  • Off-campus in-person interaction with study participants is highly discouraged.
  • If you are already in the field, you must also follow any local coronavirus-related restrictions.
  • If feasible, consider modifying your study procedures to use remote interaction such as phone/Zoom/Skype: simply email the IRB office with a description of the modification, and any resulting changes to your consent process and data security plans.

Thank you for taking these limitations into consideration, and please contact the IRB if you have any questions.

All research at Cornell that involves human participants must be either exempted from review or approved by the Institutional Review Board for Human Participants (IRB). The Cornell IRB office operates a Human Research Protection Program to protect the welfare of individuals who participate in research at the University.

For more information about IRB policies, federal regulations, training, and protocol submission procedures, visit Research with Human Participants.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, IRB Office Hours will be held via phone and email--not in person--for the foreseeable future.

IRB Office Hours
IRB staff are available bi-weekly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, 1-4pm, to provide assistance with IRB applications and other IRB-related questions or concerns. Appointments are not necessary, but encouraged.

In person: Paused as of March 12, 2020
Phone: (607) 255-6182; (607) 254-5162; (607) 255-5138
Email: irbhp@cornell.edu

2020 dates: January 14 & 28; February 11 & 25; March 10 & 24; April 14 & 28; May 12 & 26; June 9 & 23; July 14 & 28; August 11 & 25; September 8 & 22; October 13 & 27; November 10 & 24; December 8 & 22.