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Protection of Human Subjects

Temporary Virtual Services

Due to COVID-19, the Institutional Review Board (formerly Human Subjects in Research Committee) have temporarily transitioned to remote services which are available online during business hours from 8 a.m - 5 p.m, Monday - Friday. The physical office for the Institutional Review Board is closed until further notice.

Applications, amendments, and extensions will continue to be received, reviewed, and processed via email at If your application includes requesting face-to-face interactions with participants as your data collection method, the committee will continue reviewing those applications for approval at this time with the contingency that data collection may not begin until after the suspension of face-to-face interactions with human subjects has been lifted. Email is the preferred method of communication with our staff at this time.

Update on Transition to Cayuse (June 11, 2021)

Beginning July 1, 2021, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) will begin transitioning to Cayuse for online protocol submission and management. While human subjects researchers will be allowed to submit their protocols through the Cayuse system beginning July 1, the IRB will not require protocol submissions using the new system until the fall (effective date TBD). For up-to-date information regarding the transition to Cayuse, please visit the Cayuse informational website(opens in new window). Protocols approved before July 1, 2021, will not be transferred to the Cayuse system. Principal Investigators conducting research under these “legacy” protocols should continue to use the PDF forms (available below) until the closing of their project.

Announcing Required Human Ethics Training (June 11, 2021)

Effective August 18, 2021, all Key Personnel listed on IRB submissions will be required to have completed the appropriate CITI training coursework prior to initiation of the review process. Key Personnel is defined as any Principal Investigator, other investigators, and research personnel conducting human subjects research that are:

  1. directly involved in conducting research (i.e., interacting and/or intervening) with human subjects; and/or
  2. directly involved with handling private information and/or personally identifiable data related to human subjects during the course of a research project.

Please visit the CITI Program website for instructions on how to register and complete the training. All inquiries regarding the protection of human subjects should be direct to Sharon Ruggirello at

The Institutional Review Board (formerly Human Subjects in Research Committee [HSRC]) at Chico State is responsible for ensuring the ethical conduct of human subjects research conducted by university faculty, staff, and students. The IRB is primarily responsible for the review and continuous monitoring of human subjects protocols to ensure adequate protection of subjects and compliance with university policy and federal regulations governing the ethical and responsible conduct of research. Chico State holds a Federalwide Assurance (#FWA00001655) issued by the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) and follows the principles of the Belmont Report and guidance from the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (also known as the “Revised Common Rule”).

All human subjects research conducted at Chico State, regardless of funding source or regardless of the institution that reviewed the research, is subject to institutional, local, and state (including tribal law), and federal policies and regulations and must be submitted to and approved by the IRB prior to initiation. Only those activities that constitute human subjects research require IRB review and approval. If an activity does not meet criteria for human subjects research, an IRB submission is not required. If you are unsure whether your activity constitutes human subjects research, you may use the National Institutes of Health Decision Tool.

Depending on the nature of the research, submissions may be exempt from full board review. Importantly, “exempt” does not mean that the research can proceed in the absence of IRB review and approval. If a submission meets any of the criteria for exemption from full board review as defined in 45 CFR 46, it will be reviewed by the IRB Chair or designated IRB member.

Submissions that do not qualify for an exemption may still qualify for expedited review. “Expedited” does not mean that the submission is reviewed on a shorter timeline. If a submission meets any of the criteria for an expedited review as defined by the Office of Human Research Protections, it will be reviewed by the IRB Chair or designated IRB member.

Submissions not meeting the criteria for exempt or expedited review are reviewed by the IRB during monthly convened meetings (see calendar below). Decisions about which level of review is most appropriate for a submission are made by the IRB Chair.

The IRB is comprised of scientists, non-scientists, and community members with diverse backgrounds to provide a comprehensive review of the proposed research. IRB members are required to complete ethics training in human subjects research and are appointed at the recommendation of the Chair and serve one-year, renewable terms. To support the IRB on behalf of the university, Chico State Enterprises (CSE) provides the administration of the IRB. CSE staff member Sharon Ruggirello serves as the IRB Coordinator and works in consultation with the IRB Chair to provide educational offerings such as seminars or workshops. Sharon is happy to answer general questions regarding the protection of human subjects and can be reached at

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Contact Information

Chico State Enterprises

Institutional Review Board
25 Main Street, Ste 205
Chico CA 95928-5388

Phone: 530-898-3145
Fax: 530-898-6804

Dr. Patrick S. Johnson
IRB Chair

Sharon Ruggirello
IRB/IACUC Coordinator

Submit an IRB Application

Cayuse Research Suite

Request to Add Personnel to Cayuse

CITI Ethics Training Requirement and Info

Need help with your IRB Application?

Am I Doing Human Subjects Research?

Cayuse IRB Tutorial

Cayuse IRB Support Center

Know Your Rights! Information for Prospective or Current Research Participants

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