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.
Silvia Acosta

Silvia L. Acosta, AM '14

“I chose SSA because of its reputation as one of the top programs in the nation. I was attracted to the idea of being intellectually challenged by renowned faculty and classmates in discussionbased lectures. Additionally, I saw that the comprehensive curriculum offered a balanced approach, encompassing both macro and micro training in social work.”