Institutional Review Board (IRB)
for the Protection of Human Subjects
Welcome to the IRB website. The university's Institutional Review Board (IRB) is concerned with the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research conducted by CSUSM faculty, staff, or students. The IRB is a campus-wide committee charged with the review of research involving human participants to assure that the rights and welfare of human participants are adequately protected.
The IRB seeks to create a collaborative relationship with the research community to assure that research with human subjects is conducted in accordance with legal requirements and ethical principles of Respect for Persons, Beneficence and Justice. These principles require the balancing of risks to subjects against the scientific knowledge to be gained and the potential benefits to subjects and society. The IRB also focuses on the informed consent process to verif that subject participation in research is voluntary.
A "human subject" means a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual or (2) identifiable private information. “Research” in the IRB context is considered to be a systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.
This policy applies to all faculty, staff and students whenever they are supervising or conducting any activity involving human subjects, regardless of whether the research is funded, and regardless of whether the subjects are members of the University community. This policy applies to research conducted at other institutions by CSUSM faculty, staff, and students, even if that institution has its own review process.