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Ramapo College Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Ramapo College of New Jersey Institutional Review Board (IRB) is made up of peer researchers and external members of the larger community and charged with providing an initial and continuing review of research proposals involving human subjects. The IRB assures that the rights of determination, privacy, and confidentiality are maintained through its procedures, and it strives to protect subjects from undue harm by upholding the minimum risk requirement. The IRB will review applications for the use of human subjects and it will evaluate each within the guidelines of the Ramapo College Human Subjects Policy. The committee must review and approve the proposed human research project giving consideration to:

  • Sensitivity to students’ ability to give informed consent within faculty research while they are enrolled in that faculty member’s course(s).
  • The degree of risk and whether the benefits outweigh the risks.
  • Protecting human rights and welfare.
  • Obtaining voluntary informed consent.
  • Providing debriefing about protocol and contact information for possible complaints, as appropriate.
  • Whether researchers are competent and qualified.
  • The overarching considerations stipulated by the Belmont report and the Common Rule: Respect for persons, beneficence, and justice.

Board Members

Members of the Ramapo College IRB are appointed by the Provost. The chair and co-chair of the committee serve 2 year terms.

Kristin Kenneavy, PhD – Chair
Associate Professor of Sociology

Shaziela Ishak, PhD – Co-Chair
Associate Professor of Psychology



IRB Application

Please email forms or questions to the IRB committee using this address:

The IRB will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until June 1st.
Applications received after June 1st will be reviewed during the Fall 2022 semester.

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