The Institutional Review Board (IRB) safeguards the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research activities conducted at or sponsored by Lawrence University.

Lawrence University fosters a culture of compliance and requires all research involving humans, regardless of sponsorship, to comply with these regulations and principles governing human subject research.


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  • Types of IRB Review
  • IRB Forms & Templates
  • Human Subject Research Training
  • International Research
  • Ethical Guidelines

Federal Regulations Compliance

The IRB assures compliance with the governing federal regulations for human subject research set forth by the Office of Human Subject Research Protection (OHRP). The OHRP is the federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) responsible for implementing regulations (45 CFR part 46) governing Biomedical, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Humanities research involving living human subjects or human biological specimens. These regulations are also known as the Final Rule.

The Lawrence IRB is formally registered with the OHRP and the University complies with the terms of the Federal Wide Assurance (FWA). This means that the University assures that all of its activities related to human subjects research, regardless of the source of support, will be guided by the basic principles set forth in The Belmont Report - respect for persons, beneficence, and justice – in the discharge of its responsibilities for protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects of research conducted at or sponsored by the institution.   

Institutional Information

Institution Name

The Institution Name listed on the IRB is Lawrence U Wisconsin. The Institution Name listed on the FWA is Lawrence University.

IORG Number

The Institution or Organization (IORG) number is a unique number assigned by the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) to an institution or organization the first time they register an IRB. The IORG Number for Lawrence is IORG0003680 and it expires 09/07/2026.

FWA Number

Institutions engaging in human subjects research must commit to the Federalwide Assurance (FWA) for the Protection of Human Subjects. The FWA number for Lawrence is FWA00024868 and it expires on 09/07/2028.

IRB Registration Number

Each IRB registered under an FWA has a unique number assigned by OHRP. The IRB Name for our institution is Lawrence U Wisconsin IRB # 1 and the IRB Registration Number is IRB00004369.

IRB Administrators

The Head Official and Human Protections Administrator
Peter Blitstein, Provost and Dean of the Faculty

The IRB Chair
Joseph Gregg, Associate Professor of Computer Science