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Human Subjects Research

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews human subjects research conducted by Sacramento State researchers to ensure participants are protected.

IRB Steps:

  1. Training
  2. Submission
  3. Review & Approval
  4. Begin Research

Do I need IRB review?

research plus human subjects equals irb review

Use this decision tree to determine if your activity meets both definitions of "research" and "human subjects" that would require IRB review.

IRB Decision Tree


Human Subjects Research training is required of all researchers prior to initial application review. Training must be completed within three years of submission.

Identify one course that describes your role as a researcher and use the registration guide below:

  • Human Subjects Research: Biomedical
  • Human Subjects Research: Social-Behavioral-Educational
  • Human Subjects Research: Undergraduate and Masters Students

CITI Registration Guide

Submit in Cayuse IRB


First Time Cayuse Users

Email with your:

  1. Campus ID number (9-digits),
  2. CSUS email address, and 
  3. department.

Cayuse Guides

Undergraduate & Master's Students

If your department is not listed below, you will submit directly to the IRB through Cayuse IRB (see above).

Please contact your department's listed contact for submission instructions:

External Investigators

If you are not affiliated with Sacramento State and would like to recruit on campus for participants, please submit your IRB approval letter.

Submit IRB Approval Letter

Cooperative Research

Cooperative Research Agreements should only be considered when a CSUS affiliate will be working with an external investigator to conduct research (i.e. collecting informed consent, collecting data (identifiable or not), and/or analyzing identifiable data). This agreement involves the cooperation of both institution's IRBs.

Cooperative Research Agreement Template