The CSUDH IRB is transitioning from our email submission process to an online system called Cayuse during the Spring 2023 semester.

Using Cayuse will streamline and simplify the submission process and help the IRB facilitate your proposed study’s approval.

Stay tuned for more information about Cayuse!

CSUDH Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects

Remember: Subject recruitment and data collection must not be initiated prior to formal written approval from the CSUDH Institutional Review Board.

The CSUDH Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee comprised of faculty, staff, and community members who review research studies that involve the use of human subjects. The purpose of the IRB is to protect the rights of human research subjects by ensuring compliance with university and governmental regulations as specified by the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP).

Where do I start?

Step 1: Read the following:

Step 2: Complete the online training course in Human Subject Protections. 

 Please note that the IRB Office requires a minimum score of 80% on the final score and the scores of all the individual modules.

  • Be aware that completing the required modules for Human Subjects Research takes about two to three hours; all modules do not have to be completed during a single online session. To re-enter the course, remember to save your username and password.
  • After completing your course, save a copy of the Completion Report. Your study will not be reviewed until your CITI training has been verified. 
  • Contact the IRB office at 310-243-2136 or for any questions. 

Step 3: Determine when you plan to submit your proposal.

  • It is best to submit at least four weeks before you plan to begin recruiting subjects to allow time for any required revisions.
  • In some cases, the protocol must be reviewed and approved by the full board. The IRB meeting schedule is shown below. Your proposal should be in the IRB office two weeks before the board meeting to be placed on the agenda.
  • IRB 2022-2023 Meeting Schedule [pdf]
  • Principal Investigators (faculty or staff) must read proposals written by students prior to submission to the IRB. Proposals with numerous grammatical/spelling errors or unclear research methodology will be returned to the Principal Investigator for further review/revision.

Step 4: Complete all relevant forms - Follow the instructions below for all forms that need to be filled out.

  • Please edit all forms carefully and only turn in final copies (no rough drafts). When all are completed, submit electronically by attaching to an email sent to


  1. Cover Form - Required on all protocols. Preferred method, open-fillable Word document and enter all information. Send one copy electronically with your submission packet.
  2. Proposal Narrative - required on all protocols. Open the Word document and follow all instructions.
    • Form B - Fillable [pdf]
    • *Special Note about data security – In order to ensure confidentiality, all computer files containing data about human subjects must be password protected. This applies to the file, not just the computer. For information concerning ways to password-protect Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel files, open the link below-
    • Password Protected Files [pdf]
  3. Consent Form - open appropriate form for your protocol based on whether or not you plan to collect a signature from your participants.

Other Possible Forms Needed - Check with the IRB office or faculty advisor to determine need.

For Study Modifications or Continuing Review:

For Biomedical Research Protocols:

Other Documents You May Want to Examine:

Other Websites You May Want to Examine:

For more information contact the Judy Aguirre, Research Compliance Officer at (310) 243-2136 or