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Human Research Protection Program

San Diego State University’s Human Research Protection Program is a comprehensive university-wide program under the jurisdiction of the Division of Research Affairs. The HRPP is committed to the advancement of research and ensuring the safe and ethical conduct by all SDSU faculty, staff and student.

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Our new IRQ is an essential starting point for student and faculty investigators. It's self-guided so your results will be immediate. The IRQ contains decision points, where you will determine whether to stop or advance to the next page of the form. Once you have reached the appropriate stopping point, your responses will have identified which review level template to use for submitting an IRB protocol for review through your vIRB account.

 Complete The HRPP Initial Review Questionnaire

*Questionnaire feature in vIRB is disabled. Instead, please complete the Initial Review Questionnaire above.

Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a faculty led committee which meets monthly to review research involving human subjects in order to ensure that all projects conform to federal and institutional regulations and policies.

Human Research Protection Program Analysts & Staff

The Human Research Protection Program is staffed with one administrative coordinator, and 3 analyst/educators. They are responsible for administrative (expedited and exempt) review of protocols, and handle the majority of protocol analysis and communication with investigators.

They are also responsible for the Program’s comprehensive educational offerings.



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Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Human Subjects Research Training is now available to SDSU investigators​ .  CITI is highly regarded in the research community and is used at most major universities.  CITI provides comprehensive human subjects protection education and training.  The CITI modules have been designed to provide both biomedical and social/behavior researchers with targeted and relevant information.

Access the instructions below for information about which courses to take and how to create or update your CITI account to include your SDSU affiliation.
IRB-CITI Training Requirements

Effective (November 1, 2015
) CITI human subjects research training will
​replace the current SDSU tutorial and ​
be the only accepted training certificate for new and continuing investigator certification. 

*Investigators are expected to transition over to CITI training at the time their current human subjects research training certification expires​

You may access your old certificate here to check your previous certification date SDSU Human Subjects Tutorial

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Drop In Hours- Come Visit the HRPP Team

Monday's 10am-12noon
Gateway Center Rm 3505


UPDATED FORM: All Student Investigator IRB applications requires both the Faculty Advisor and the Student Investigator (PI) to sign an assurance (link below) that they understand and commit to fulfilling their research responsibilities and adhere to the Federal regulations and University Policy. Undergraduates are not eligible to act as Student Investigators.

If you are a student submitting a protocol you must upload a signed Faculty Assurance form into your supporting documents.

New Coversheet for SDSU/CGU Joint Ph.D. Program

Attention SDSU/CGU Joint Ph.D. Program: students enrolled in the joint Ph.D. Program in Education offered by San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University please include the following coversheet within your IRB submission.







ACCESS YOUR PROTOCOL HERE: Create, modify, or apply for renewal of a protocol. Access our Virtual IRB (vIRB)!

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Don't Forget to Activate Your vIRB Account

Directions to activate vIRB are as follows:

  • Login to your WebPortal using your RedID and password

  • Click “Activate Research Role;”

  •  Click Launch vIRB.”

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You may access your old certificate here to check your previous certification date SDSU Human Subjects Tutorial

For More Information

Division of Research Affairs
Human Research Protection Program

Gateway Center, Rm 3505
San Diego State University
5250 Campanile Dr., MC 1933
San Diego, CA 92182

Phone: 619-594-6622
Fax: 619-594-4109