Announcing our transition to new research compliance software for human subjects research at CSUDH

The CSUDH IRB will be transitioning from our email submission process to an online system called Cayuse during the Fall 2022 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

Subject recruitment and data collection may not be initiated prior to formal written approval from the CSUDH Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects.

The CSUDH Institutional Review Board 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 Socio-Behavioral Researcher Investigators 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 for submission with your IRB Application. Final approval of new studies will not be granted until your CITI Completion Report has been received. 
  • 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 two 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 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.
  • Principal Investigators (faculty members) 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.
  • IRB 2022-2023 Meeting Schedule [pdf]

Step 4: Fill out the 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
  • Check your submission against the Proposal Filing Checklist in Step 1 to ensure that all necessary elements are included.


  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. Most of the research performed at CSUDH is within Social and Behavioral Science so that would be the form you use.

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

Additional Form:

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