Research at Rivier University

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The purpose and mandate of the Rivier Institutional Review Board is to ensure that research conducted under the auspices of the University meets ethical standards for research which are congruent with the Mission of the University, the principles set forth in the Belmont Report, and the federal requirements set forth in 45-CFR-46 (Code of Federal Regulations, 1983).

Any student, faculty or staff or outside investigator seeking on-campus study of Rivier University, who is planning to conduct research involving human subjects, must submit an Application for Research Review to the Rivier University Institutional Review Board. There are three types of Application to the IRB:

  • Expedited Level I
  • Expedited Level II
  • Full

A full description of the criteria for each of the aforementioned proposal types is listed on pp. 3-4 of the Rivier University Institutional Review Board policies and procedures manual, which may be downloaded here. To facilitate the application process, there is an online submission system that will help researchers determine whether their proposal meets the criteria for "Expedited Level I" status. In addition, researchers may now submit both Expedited Level II and Full proposals online using the automated IRB committee review submission system.

The Rivier Institutional Review Board currently consists of the following members:

  • Dr. Robert Walrath, Designated Chair (Education)
  • Dr. Sally Booth (Psychology)
  • Dr. Angela Mousseau (Education)
  • Dr. Benjamin Philip (Biology)

For any questions, please contact Dr. Walrath via email at or by phone at (603) 897-8589.