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Skidmore College
Psychology Department

Participant Review Board

Frequently Asked Questions about PRB

Q: I'm doing a class project. Does it have to be reviewed by the PRB?

A: Class or lab projects that are being carried out for teaching purposes do not have to be reviewed by the PRB. Whether or not the PRB reviews research for a class project, it is expected that any research conducted by students, faculty, or staff will be uphold the same ethical treatment of research participants as projects that are reviewed by the PRB.

Q: Do projects that are presented at the Academic Festival have to be reviewed by the PRB?

A: If it is possible that you might present your findings beyond Skidmore College, at a professional conference, then you should go through a review by the PRB before you collect data. If you would not present your findings, even if they turn out to be very theoretically interesting and important, then your Academic Festival project does not require review.

Q: How long does it take to get my project reviewed by the PRB?

A: The PRB will respond within two weeks after receiving the proposal. In order to receive feedback during the fall semester, proposals must be submitted by November 30. In the case of student PIs, the review will begin when the chair of PRB receives the an email from the faculty advisor indicating that she or he has read the student project proposal and approves of it.

Q: How do I submit a proposal to the IRB?

A:To submit a research proposal to the IRB, click on the link to the IRB webpage and follow the submission instructions there:

Q: Once a proposal is submitted, what happens?

A: The PRB chair will assign the proposal to be read by two members of PRB. One of the reviewers will summarize the feedback from both reviewers and email a response to the PI (and to the faculty advisor if the PI is a student). The reviewers can decide that the research proposal is approved as is, needs minor modifications, requires significant changes, or can not be approved because of significant risks that are posed to the participants.