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How the IRB is Staffed

Federal regulations dictate that Institutional Review Boards shall be composed of at least five members, only four of whom can be affiliated with the institution (see section 46.107).

At Colorado College, The Director of Institutional Research chairs the IRB.  The Faculty Executive Committee appoints two additional faculty members from those faculty who supervise empirical research involving human participants.

The Chair of the IRB, in consultation with the Chair of the Governance sub-committee of the Faculty Executive Committee identifies a knowledgeable person from outside the College to sit on the IRB. In addition, a Colorado College staff member sits on the IRB.

The members of the IRB are:

Amanda Udis-Kessler, Chair
Director, Assessment and Program Review

James Ebersole
Professor of Organismal Biology and Ecology

Shiyanke R. Andrew Goonetilleke
Diversity and Inclusion Program Coordinator, The Butler Center

Arielle Gross '12
Video/Digital Media Specialist

Purvi Mehta
Assistant Professor of History

Michael O'Riley
Associate Professor of French and Italian

Mark Smith
Professor of Economics and Business


Kathleen A. O'Donnell
Senior Assessment Analyst and IRB Vice Chair, US Air Force Academy

The IRB supports human subjects research with no or minimal harm, good consent processes, no deception or debriefed deception, confidentiality or anonymity and the use of fairly chosen participants who can refuse to participate if they choose.

Amanda Udis-Kessler, PhD, Chair

Amanda Udis-Kessler