The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an appointed body at California State University Channel Islands under the sponsorship of Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) office, charged with the responsibility to ensure that all research funded or non-funded involving human subjects protects the rights of those subjects.

All research that involves any type of interaction with human subjects – from simple surveys to complex biomedical procedures – must be reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to starting the research.

Through the process of review and approval, the IRB fulfills institutional obligations to the federal Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and exercises ethical human subjects research practices as specified and required by federal regulations. To facilitate that process, IRB also seeks to play an educational role by making the campus community aware of and familiar with best practices in  human subjects' research and our collective obligations to the protection of human subjects.

Note:  the IRB has updated its application form and guide.  All new research proposals should use this new form. (September 2016)

Note:  IRB members work hard to review all proposals in a timely fashion.  The Board holds regular meetings during the academic year.  During the summer, no regular meetings are scheduled but Board members are available to review exempt and expedited proposals.  IRB applications that require a full Board review should be submitted during the regular academic year.