Human Subjects Guidelines

The department-level human subjects committee is meant to facilitate the protection of human research subjects in student research. The policy of the University is that any activity involving human subjects with the goal of generalizing (disseminating) the findings (for the definition of research [link to separate page]) must be reviewed by a Committee for the Projection of Human Subjects. To review University IRB policies, especially in regards to issues of risk, please visit their web page. The University IRB answers your frequently asked questions about human subjects research. 

What studies need to be reviewed? The short answer is that all research involving human subjects (including Master's Theses and course-based research in which students interact with participants and intend to disseminate the research beyond the class) should be reviewed. When in doubt, fill out the form below! However, research conducted by students within an established CSUS course and in which the only dissemination of the results are within the same course does not need to be reviewed. It is suggested that any potentially high risk research, as determined by the faculty member overseeing the course, should submit an application to the department human subjects research committee for consideration, as to give it a second set of eyes. It is ultimately the responsibility of the course instructor to be sure that appropriate research procedures are followed in all cases in which data is being gathered. 

What is considered research?

Consent: All student research involving human subjects (including course research) should use a consent form. Below, there is a template for in-person research and one for online research. Edit these to fit your specific study.

Exempt Approval: For any student-based research that involves human subjects for which there is the intention for dissemination outside of the class (including Masters Theses), the committee can approve "exempt" proposals. Any higher level of risk must be forwarded to the university-level IRB after departmental review. To review University IRB policies, especially in regards to issues of risk, please visit their web page.

CSUS Sociology Department, Student Research with Human Subjects Review Committee
Proposal Submission Deadlines
Academic Year 2017 - 2018
Sociology Department Deadline CSUS Committee Deadline
NOTE: Neither committee meets or reviews proposals in the summer.
Human Subjects Committee Chair: Todd Migliaccio (
Committee Members: Charles Varano, Aya Kimura Ida


Students must complete the official IRB form:  IRB Form.

Be certain to answer every question completely.