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Research Involving Human Subjects or Vertebrate Animal Subjects

Approval Required Before Research Begins

Research and educational activities of Chico State faculty, staff, or students that involves human subjects or vertebrate animal subjects require approval by the Human Subjects Research Committee (HSRC; also referred to as Institutional Review Board, IRB) or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), respectively. 

All proposals for research using human or animal subjects must be reviewed and approved by the applicable committee before the research begins. Graduate Students are encouraged to seek guidance from their graduate coordinator in completing the Human Subjects and Animal Use Applications. Please note the deadlines for Full Board applications and plan ahead, leaving enough time for revision and resubmission of your application prior to the proposed start date of your research.


Chico State is accredited through the National Institutes of Health and conforms to all federal, state, and university regulations regarding the ethical use of human subjects and vertebrate animal subjects in research and education.


Questions and requests for assistance should be directed to Sharon Cain at 530-898-3145 or

Full Board Application Deadline & Meeting Dates for 2019/2020:
Applications Due ByMeeting Dates
September 4, 2020September 18, 2020
October 2, 2020October 16, 2020
November 6, 2020November 20, 2020
February 5, 2021February 19, 2021
March 5, 2021March 19, 2021
April 2, 2021April 16, 2021

*There is no deadline for Human Subjects in Research applications in the Exempt and Expedited** categories. These applications are reviewed by the HSRC Chair on an on-going basis. 

**Please note that "Expedited" is a technical term for a particular type of Human Subjects protocol and is not used to indicate accelerated review (see Requirements for Research Using Human Subjects (PDF) for more information).

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