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Research Integrity & Compliance Office of Research, Innovation, & Economic Development

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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. Complete training in CITI
  2. Request access to Cayuse
  3. Submit Application in Cayuse
  4. IRB Review & Approval
  5. Begin Research

Contact us:

Microsoft Teams: Send a Chat to "IRB Office"


COVID-19 and Face-to-Face Research

As the campus begins to repopulate, the IRB will be reviewing and approving proposals for in-person research and requests to continue in-person research that was paused in 2020. Please view our Face-to-Face Research Guidance to understand the IRB's expectations.

F2F Researcher Guidance

research plus human subjects equals irb review

Do I need IRB review?

Human Subjects Research means humans are the subject of your research. There are many activities that are not research and many research studies that are not about humans. Use this decision tree to determine if your activity requires IRB review.

IRB Decision Tree


Human Subjects Research training certification must be current upon IRB application submission. Active researchers must maintain certification every three years.

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

Masters Students & Undergrads

If your department or college is listed below, you will NOT submit to the IRB through Cayuse, you will submit to your own "research review committee."

Please email the listed contact(s) for submission instructions:

Social Work

College of Education (all departments)

Cayuse Access Request

First Time Cayuse Users

For access to Cayuse, email with the below information:

  1. Campus ID number (9-digits),
  2. CSUS email address, and
  3. Campus Department.
  4. Please feel free to provide a preferred name.

It takes about one business day for access.

Classroom Projects

Students required to complete a research project as part of a course requirement (except for theses/dissertations) within the semester are fully under the supervision of their professor and do not require IRB review. Faculty are encouraged to use the Student Form when research is about human subjects and require students to submit these forms for faculty review prior to research commencing. The absence of IRB review does not mean an absence of research ethics.

Student Form for Classroom Project

External Investigators

If you are not affiliated with Sacramento State and would like to enroll participants from our campus, please email your IRB approval letter and approved informed consent form(s).

Submit IRB Approval Letter

Cooperative Research

Cooperative Research Agreements should only be considered when a Sacramento State affiliate will be working with an external investigator to conduct research. These agreements should only be entered when both campuses are:

  1. Collecting informed consent,
  2. Collecting data (identifiable or not), and/or
  3. Analyzing identifiable data.

If only one campus is involved in the human subjects portion of the research, an agreement is not necessary (ex. one institution conducts the study and another institution receives de-identified data for analysis).

This agreement involves the cooperation of both campuses, and administrators of both IRBs must be included in the communication and routing of this form.

Cooperative Research Agreement Template