With the exception of the Community Member, IRB members should be drawn from Iona's full-time faculty and should represent a diversity of interests in and approaches to human subjects research, including at least one member whose primary concerns are in scientific areas and one whose primary concerns are in non-scientific areas. The composition of the Board should also be diverse with respect to academic discipline, race, gender, and cultural background. The Board should include members who are sensitive to such issues as community attitudes, institutional commitments and regulations, standards of professional conduct, vulnerable populations, etc.

Faculty members of the IRB will be appointed for two-year terms by the Faculty Senate, which will solicit nominations each spring. The Community Member will be appointed by the Provost's Office. All IRB members must be trained through the CITI training site, available to all Iona College faculty.

The Faculty Senate will appoint 8-10 IRB members. A minimum of five members, including at least one non-scientific member, constitutes a quorum needed to conduct a Full Board Review. In order for research to be approved at the Full Board Review level, the majority of those present at the meeting must decide in favor. When an IRB member is on sabbatical, cases will be rotated among the other members, assuming the burden does not become onerous.

Job Descriptions

The IRB Administrator is a member of the Provost's office (currently the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs) and is responsible for working with the IRB to ensure that the research needs of the college are met and that the guidelines for research established by the IRB are followed college-wide. In this capacity, the administrator is responsible for the secure housing of IRB documents and may be responsible for the appointment of additional or replacement members of the IRB.

The Chairperson is chosen by the IRB from among its members. He/she is the acting leader of the IRB and manager of the review process for all applications. Responsibilities include coordinating with heads of various departments, coordinating with the Provost's Office, establishing a schedule of meetings for the board, presiding over board meetings, managing the distribution of applications for review, and serving as the principal reviewer for all applications. The Chairperson receives one course remission each semester.

A Community Member serves the IRB by representing a viewpoint from outside the research community. Responsibilities include reviewing all non-expedited, non-exempt applications for evidence of concerns for the community at large, including concerns for the research participants themselves and for the potential effect of the ideas that the research generates.

Additional IRB Members are primarily reviewers of applications, but may take on administrative roles, particularly within their respective academic departments.

The Departmental Review Board consists of one or more members of any department in which students conduct human subjects research. Tier II Applications are submitted directly to this Board. Members of a Departmental Review Board may or may not also serve on the IRB.