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.

Cal Poly Converting to Online Human Subjects Research/IRB System

Effective October 18, 2017, the Cal Poly Institutional Review Board (IRB) will be using an online system, IRBManager, to receive and review all documentation related to human subjects research.  Information and instructions on how to use the system are in the section on The Review Process in the Procedures and Guidelines for Human Subjects Research.

NOTE: If you are submitting an extension request or a modification request for a project previously approved using the paper-based system, please contact Debbie Hart,, before proceeding, so that the project can be created in IRBManager (the existing paperwork will be loaded).  Once that has been done, login to IRB Manager to access the project and complete your submission.

Accessibility issues?  If you have accessibility issues with the online system, please contact Debbie Hart at (805) 756-1508, for assistance.

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 quick links with answers to common questions and problems that might arise before and during the approval process.

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The Cal Poly Insitutional Review Board (IRB), effective October 18, 2017, will be using an online system, IRBManager, for the review of human subjects research projects.

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