Institutional Review Board

The Georgia College Institutional Review Board (GC IRB) provides oversight for all research projects conducted by Georgia College students, faculty, and staff that involve humans as participants.  As part of our oversight, our goals are two-fold: 

  • Goal #1:  Provide guidance for new and ongoing research projects of GC students, faculty, and staff to ensure that such projects are conducted in line with established federal and local policies

  • Goal #2:  Educate the GC community about the ethical conduct of research broadly, including keeping researchers at all levels abreast of evolving guidelines


In the service of goal #1, all research involving human participants conducted at Georgia College or by Georgia College faculty, staff, or students must be reviewed and approved by the GC IRB before the research can begin.  For information about obtaining such approval, check out the "submission information" page.  You can also jump directly to the GC IRB Portal by clicking here


In service of goal #2, all investigators that will be involved in research with human participants must provide evidence that they have had research ethics training within the last three years.  Currently, GC IRB accepts two online training programs for this requirement -- one offered by the NIH and one offered by CITI.  Also in service of goal #2, the GC IRB will keep the GC community updated as to changes in the guidelines provided by the Office of Human Research Protection and any local policies and procedures that are in place.


Are you planning to conduct research with students in your classes or research labs?  Email for assistance!  We can help you:

  • determine feasible timelines
  • distribute information about ethics with human research participants
  • determine if your students' projects qualify as research or not,
  • determine whether your students' projects qualify for exempt status
  • guide students through the submission process on GC IRB Portal
  • provide students with sample (inactive) protocols that have been approved

Contacting IRB ahead of time can help speed the review process!  Email us today!





Contact Information

IRB Chair: Whitney Heppner
Chair-elect: Sallie Coke