The Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs appoints the membership of Ursinus College’s Institutional Review Board.

In order to meet federal guidelines and to ensure diversity, the membership must include at least 5 members of varying backgrounds. There must be at least one member whose primary concerns are in scientific areas and at least one member whose primary concerns are in nonscientific areas. There must also be at least one external member not affiliated with Ursinus College. Each member will serve a term of no less than 3 years. If a member is scheduled for leave or sabbatical, a substitute with a similar background will be appointed for the period of the leave. All members must complete IRB training, as outlined in the training section of this policy.

A member will not participate in the Board’s initial or continuing review of any project in which the member has a conflicting interest, except to provide information requested.

An IRB may, in its discretion, invite individuals with competence in special areas to assist in the review of issues which require expertise beyond or in addition to that available on the IRB. These individuals may not vote.  

Current Members

Joel Bish - Psychology - IRB Chair

Nicole Smith - Administrative Coordinator

Patrick Hurley - Environmental Studies

Gerard Fitzpatrick - Politics

Kelly Sorensen - Philosophy & Religion

Justin Bartolomucci - Community Member