Institutional Review Board

If you are doing research that involves working with living human beings, you may need permission from the Institutional Review Board before you begin.

The Institutional Review Board exists to protect people who participate in original research conducted at Middlebury College or by a member of the College community, including faculty, staff, and students. Research on human subjects—systematic collection of personal or private information from living human beings—can be done in virtually any discipline.

Research that involves interviewing other people, distributing surveys, conducting experiments on people, or even observing particular people in their daily lives is normally what we call "research on human subjects," and requires some level of approval from the Board. To ensure that your research is quickly approved by the Board, please visit Middlebury's website:

If you have other questions, please contact professors Jean TurnerFred Wehling, and Moyara Ruehsen. You may also direct your questions to IRB@middlebury.edu.