Human Subjects

The College has established policies on the use of human subjects in all Simmons-initiated research and training projects. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with overseeing all research involving human subjects at Simmons College. Students undertaking research projects that propose to use humans must do the following prior to beginning their projects: 1) prepare and submit an application to the IRB for review and approval and 2) complete the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) Program, a web-based human subjects research investigator education program. A copy of the Simmons College human subjects research policy, IRB forms, and link to the CITI training program may be found on the Office of Sponsored Programs Web page at The contact for the IRB is the Office of Sponsored Programs, MCB, Room E-206, 617-521-2415. It is expected that all members of the Simmons community will fulfill their legal and ethical responsibilities to ensure that the rights and safety of human subjects are protected.