There are various stages in the IRB review and approval process and they will depend on the investigator's role on campus. The drop-down menu provides guidance for these various roles in the research review and approval process.

A Departmental or College Research Review Committee (Committee) is the department level or college level Committee formed by department and college faculty that reviews exempt student research involving human subjects. These committees may only approve exempt student research when two or more members have received exemption determination certification.

Any reviews conducted by these committees that are not considered human subjects research do not fall under IRB authority.

1. Training

a.  All members of a department/college committee must complete the CITI training.

b.  A minimum of two members per committee must have Exemption Determination Certification. Certification is valid for two years. See the Workshop tab on the Training page for more information.

2.  Review and Approve


Department and College Research Review Committee Program: Definitions, Procedures, and Forms

Required Review Form

Committee Exemption Determination Form

Helpful Documents

Does the activity need review?
Exemption Descriptions
Exempt Student Research Approval Letter Template

Access to Cayuse IRB is available to Department Chairs/ College Deans where pending and active studies within their department can be viewed at any time. The IRB also requires Investigators to send a copy of their research proposals to the department chair, college dean (if the investigator is the chair) or office head once submitted to the IRB. This allows for open communication regarding activities occurring within the unit and mitigation of any conflicts of previous commitments made.

To access studies within your department:

  1. Login to Cayuse IRB here:
  2. Select My Role at the top left
  3. Click Org. Approver
  4. View studies by clicking the protocol number


1. Training

IRB Members must take the same CITI training as faculty, staff, and doctoral students, with the addition of any IRB member modules. Re-certification must occur every three years during their membership or involvement in human subjects research. New members also attend orientation to learn the review process on campus. 

2. Review and Approve

Sacramento State's IRB has moved to an online submission and review platform, called Cayuse IRB.

  1. Login to Cayuse IRB with your SacLink username and password
  2. For instructions on reviewing applications through Cayuse IRB, please view the quick PDF guide or video.
Review on Cayuse IRB PDF Guide

See Resources for the IRB Member Manual and Procedures.


Sacramento State’s IRB is composed of qualified faculty and staff based on several factors identified in the federal regulations. The university implements procedures for a three year rotation of membership and Chair positions. 


Brad Stockert, Physical Therapy

Vice Chair Darla Hagge, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Voting Members

Gregory Hurtz, Psychology - (Sharon Flicker, alternate)

Paul Kelly, Community Member

Katherine Kelly, Nursing

Ryan Getty, Criminal Justice

Katrin Mattern-Baxter, Physical Therapy - (Toran MacLeod, alternate)

Paolo Taboga, Kinesiology and Health Sciences

Albert Lozano, Education

Shawna Malvini-Redden, Communication Studies