Institutional Review Board

About Us

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee mandated by federal law to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research activities. The law is specific to research conducted or supported by a federal department or agency. However, a majority of research institutions, including Baldwin Wallace University, voluntarily apply this regulation (45 CFR 46) to all research conducted at their site, regardless of status or source of funding. The IRB achieves its primary function, protecting the rights and welfare of subjects participating in research including their rights to give informed consent and to have their safety protected from undue risk, by educating researchers. An educated investigator makes the IRB's job easier.

Purpose and Commitment

Baldwin Wallace University is committed to safeguarding the rights and welfare of both human and animal subjects involved in the conduct of research by BW faculty, students, and staff. Baldwin Wallace supports responsible research which promises to increase knowledge and understanding, and encourages the highest ethical standards among BW researchers. To ensure these safeguards and standards are met, the Office of Responsible Research houses an Institutional Review Board (IRB), for the protection of human subjects and, an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), for the protection of animal subjects.

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To report (or self-report) the direct observation of researcher mis-conduct or non-compliant research activity, please complete an IRB Compliance form and submit it to the IRB chair at Your identity will not be shared with anyone outside of the IRB and all information is confidential.

Stephanie Rothman, Chair, IRB

(440) 826-2030

Jaimy Dyer, Compliance Officer, IRB

(440) 826-2181

Jeffrey Zahratka, Chair, IACUC

(440) 826-2477


Institutional Review Board (IRB)

275 Eastland Rd.
Berea OH 44017
United States