The task of the Human Subjects Review Committee is to protect the rights and welfare of people serving as research subjects for Williams College faculty and students. This committee acts as an Institutional Review Board (IRB) for all projects involving human subjects. Investigators proposing such research must submit for evaluation by the IRB a project description and copies of the consent forms that the subjects are asked to sign. Sufficient time must be allowed for the IRB to reach a decision. The Human Subjects Review Committee usually consists of Williams faculty and two members of the local community, one of whom is usually an attorney.