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Institutional Review Board

The Augustana Institutional Review Board is a committee reporting to the administration and responsible for approving campus research involving human participants. Federal regulations and Augustana policies require all research involving human participants, with some limited exemptions, to be reviewed and approved by the IRB. This generally includes, for example, surveys of students.

To submit a proposal for review, complete the Request for Review form. For more information, email committee chair Dr. Dell Jensen.

• Request for Review Form

(A PDF copy of this form is available for reference.)

IRB Policies Manual

Training is required for faculty and students who wish to submit proposals for review to the IRB.

Institutional Review Board function

a. To interpret and implement policy on research involving human subjects (Code Federal Regulations - 45 CFR 46, revised June 19, 2018, effective January 21, 2019.)
b. To review and investigate allegations of misconduct in research conducted at, or sponsored by, Augustana College, and to report all findings and recommendations in these matters to the president of the college.


There should be at least three men and three women on the committee.

Chair: The chair is appointed by the president or the provost. 

Administrative member: Appointed by the dean of student life for a three-year term. 

Community members: Two community members not currently affiliated with Augustana College, who serve one-year, renewable terms, appointed by the committee, Steve Gottcent (2022) Eric Welch (2022)

Student members: Two student members, appointed by the chair, serve one-year terms. TBA.

Faculty: Six faculty (including the chair); faculty members on the IRB, with the exception of the chair, are appointed by Nominations and Rules for three-year, staggered terms.

Faculty members should represent at least three different divisions. 

At least one faculty member should be from the social sciences division.  

At least one member should have research experience that does not involve human participants.  

At least one member should have research experience that primarily includes human participants.  


Dell Jensen, chair (2021-22)
Ann Perreau, (2021-22) 
Megan Lorenz (2022-23); George Boone spring 2022 leave replacement for M. Lorenz 
Jeff Renaud (2023-24) 
Mariano Magalhães (2023-24) Lisa Szafran fall 2021 replacement for M. Magalhães
Nadia Schwartz (2023-24) 
Keri Bass (2021-22)
Steve Gottcent, community member (2021-22)
Eric Welsh, community member (2021-22)
Two students members (one-year terms), TBA

Non-voting specialists: The IRB may, at its discretion, invite individuals with competence in special areas to assist in the review of issues requiring expertise beyond or in addition to that available on the IRB. These individuals may not vote with the IRB.