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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.

Our mission is to ensure the protection of the rights and welfare of all human participants as well as providing professional guidance and administrative support to researchers. Our mission is fulfilled through our broad education program for faculty, students and staff, as well as reviews guided by the standards set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the ethical principles established by the Belmont Report: Respect for Persons, Beneficence and Justice.

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Please complete the following HRPP Initial Review Questionnaire (IRQ) which is self-guided. Should your responses to items 1-4 on the HRPP IRQ indicate an IRB submission is required, your responses to the remaining items will  indicate the most appropriate review level template to use when submitting your protocol for review through vIRB.  *Please return the completed questionnaire to

 Complete The HRPP Initial Review Questionnaire

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

Initial Review Questionnaire

*Questionnaire feature in vIRB is disabled. Instead, please complete the Initial Review Questionnaire found on this webpage:

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 a protocol for review through your vIRB account.








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.”

Click here to take the tutorial!

On May 15, 2007, the SDSU IRB revised their policy to require that all persons involved in human subjects research complete the online training in human subjects research ethics.

All investigators who submit a protocol for review must complete the SDSU Human Subjects Tutorial or the NIH Protecting Human Subjects tutorial prior to developing and submitting an IRB protocol.

Certification is valid for 2 years.

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