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Please visit SoA COVID-19 Information OR the *NEW* School of Anthropology Phase 5 Research Restart page:

Phase 5 Research Restart Process

Updated May 27, 2021

The University has now moved to Phase 5 of the research restart process, which is “full scope of research with some scale limitations."

In its response to this University decision, School of Anthropology researchers are no longer required to complete the RII and SBS checklists, nor the Coronavirus travel questionnaire, and the Research Committee will cease its restart role. Please consult the University's Research Restart website for updated safety protocols. Please note that domestic and international travel still requires travel authorization as it did pre-pandemic, and travel authorization is managed by the SoA business center. The SoA IRB Process remains in place; please see below.

Archived COVID-related research information can be found here.“

Further details and links to policies and resources are on the SBS Research Restart website.

An Important Message About the IRB Process, July 19, 2021

The Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) will launch a new system, eIRB, designed to make submitting human research protocols easier and faster. For more information about the implementation process, please visit RII’s New Systems Information webpage.

Please note the following updated dates. These dates may still be subject to change. However, to prepare yourselves for summer work, please plan on these dates for submission of materials to the IRB. We will update you once we have new information.

  • August 20, 2021 – Last day to submit to the HSPP to guarantee approval prior to the current system close out. Any submissions received by this date but not yet finalized, OR any submission received after this deadline may not be reviewed and will be returned to you with further instruction on how to proceed.
  • August 25 – September 12, 2021 – Blackout period (No IRB system will be available for submissions).
  • September 13, 2021 – eIRB is available to submit materials to the IRB.

How will this affect you?

The new system is relevant to all University employees and students who conduct research involving human subjects.

For all submissions received by August 20, 2021: We will review and approve all submissions received prior to August 20, 2021. Submissions must be finalized before the blackout period. In addition, any submissions received after this deadline may not be reviewed and will be returned to you with further instruction on how to proceed.

If your existing project(s) is set to expire during the planned blackout period: Please submit a renewal or closure paperwork to as soon as possible. The HSPP will prioritize renewal submissions to ensure approval does not lapse due to system down time.

For urgent matters and Just-in-Time (JIT) requests that arise during the planned blackout period: Please contact Christine Melton-Lopez, Director HSPP, directly at

Thank you for your understanding during this major transition. For questions or more information, please contact the HSPP at


School of Anthropology IRB Instructions

Step 1: If applicable, PI sends IRB Application to their Advisor/Supervisor. 

Step 2: If applicable, the Advisor/Supervisor sends a separate email confirmation back to the PI. 

Step 3: The PI sends Catherine an email with the application and all supplemental materials and, if applicable, the email confirmation from the Advisor/Supervisor. This email confirmation should be saved as a pdf and attached to the email. 

Step 4: Catherine forwards these materials to the Anthropology Human Subjects Committee for the Scientific/Scholarly Review.

Step 5: The Human Subjects Committee corresponds with the PI as needed and ultimately sends a separate confirmation email (including name of applicant and specifying their role as Scientific/Scholarly Reviewer) with their approval back to Catherine.

Step 6: Catherine forwards the application and the two email confirmations, from the Advisor and the Scientific/Scholarly Reviewer, as attachments to the Director.

Step 7: The Director sends a separate email confirmation with their approval directly to the PI.

Step 8: The PI then sends the entire application and all supplemental materials with all three attached email confirmations to the Human Subjects Protection Program Office for final approval.

When submitting your materials to the Anthropology Human Subjects Committee, the e-mail subject line must include:

  • IRB # (if assigned)
  • Principal Investigator’s last name
  • Type of Submission (new project, amendment, renewal, reportable item, etc.)

The body of the e-mail must include a list of the documents being submitted. Each document attached to the e-mail should be named to clearly reflect its content.

Please read this carefully for more information on the process:

Updated and IRB New Guidance:

eIRB Information (training schedule, how-to videos, and user guides):