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Human Subjects



Research is a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Activities which meet this definition constitute research for purposes of human subjects policy, whether or not they are conducted or supported under a program which is considered research for other purposes.


Any research conducted by Sacramento State faculty, staff, or students involving human subjects or any research related activity involving human subjects that utilizes Sacramento State time, facilities, resources and/or students must be reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB)  to ensure compliance with applicable federal and campus policy.


The IRB is the committee charged with the implementation of campus and federal policies to safeguard the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research activities by the University or its affiliates.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: In accordance with federal regulations and campus policy, protocols for research involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects) prior to recruiting subjects and/or collecting data. Should you begin your work before receiving official IRB approval, you put your project in jeopardy and the use of any data collected will not be permitted. In addition, you are exposing yourself and the University to potential liability even if an adverse event does not occur. Any research involving human subjects that utilizes Sacramento State personnel, facilities, resources, and/or students is covered by these requirements. Please e-mail us at if you have any comments or questions.
2013-14 Human Subjects Committee Deadlines
NEW - for 2013-14 the IRB is accepting submissions daily. Protocols requiring full committee review must be received in complete form by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, TWO WEEKS prior to each meeting.
Submission Deadlines

Mon. Sept. 9, 2013
Mon. Oct. 7, 2013
Mon. Nov. 4, 2013
Mon. Nov. 25, 2013
Mon. Jan. 27, 2014
Mon. Mar. 3, 2014
Tues. Apr. 1, 2014
Mon. Apr. 28, 2014

Committee Meetings

Mon. Sept. 23, 2013
Mon. Oct. 21, 2013
Mon. Nov. 18, 2013
Mon. Dec. 9, 2013
Mon. Feb. 10, 2014
Mon. Mar. 17, 2014
Mon. Apr. 14, 2014
Mon. May 12, 2014

2013-14 Human Subjects Committee Members

Acting Chair:
.Brad Stockert, Physical Therapy

Acting Vice Chairs:
.Gregory Hurtz, Psychology
.Todd Migliaccio, Sociology

.Christina Bellon, Philosophy
.Mike Christensen, Risk Management Services
.Paul Kelly, Community Member
.Juliana Raskauskas, Education
.Christine Vourakis, Nursing