School of Social Service Administration Institutional Review Board

The Social Service Administration Institutional Review Board (SSA IRB) web pages are a resource for all investigators from SSA conducting human subjects research. To access AURA (the electronic research administrative system) click here.

For biological or medical research IRB information, contact the BSD/Hospitals IRB. For all other non-biomedical units and areas of research at the University of Chicago, contact the SBS IRB.

Purpose of SSA IRB:

The University of Chicago's Federalwide Assurance (FWA) requires that ALL research conducted with human subjects or data generated from human subjects be reviewed and approved by an appropriate IRB.

Functions of SSA IRB:

  • The SSA IRB reviews and approves, disapproves, or defers all research protocols.
  • Provides assistance with IRB applications for staff, students, and faculty
  • Provides the CITI educational course on the fundamentals of the protection of human subjects. This requirement applies to all researchers conducting human subjects research.
Sunny Fischer

Sunny Fischer, AM '82

“I went from opportunity to opportunity. I was lucky. The master’s degree from SSA is a great credential. It allows you to go into many fields.”