Human Subjects Research at Cal Poly

Research Project Review

To ensure Cal Poly's commitment to protect human subjects in research, the University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) evaluates research projects for compliance with ethical standards regarding the treatment of human subjects.

Changes to Cal Poly Policy and Procedures for Human Subjects Research

Effective July 2017, the Cal Poly Institutional Review Board (IRB) has revised the Cal Poly Policy for the Use of Human Subjects in Research and has published an extensive document on Procedures and Guidelines for Human Subjects Research.  Please refer to these documents in preparing your submission to the IRB and related documents, such as protocols and consent forms.

Does your project need to be reviewed by the Cal Poly IRB?

To assist with determining whether or not your project is required to be reviewed by the Cal Poly Institutional Review Board, please review the Human Subjects Research Decision Chart.

Do you have a new project? A renewal? Modifications?

If you're not sure what to do first, take a look at our START HERE page. It provides quicklinks with answers to common questions and problems that might arise before and during the approval process.

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