The mission of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is simple—to ensure that human and animal subjects used in research are protected. The IRB is responsible for reviewing and approving all research with human and animal subjects conducted by faculty, staff, and students of Columbia College Chicago, when performed as part of their work or study at Columbia. In addition, the IRB reviews research proposals from non-affiliated researchers proposing either to recruit for or conduct research on Columbia faculty, students, staff, or on Columbia property. The IRB reviews proposed studies to ensure that the dignity, rights, privacy, safety, and welfare of all actual and potential research participants are protected; provides reassurance to others that appropriate research activity is being carried out; and examines the method in which informed consent is to be sought.