Intituitional Review Board (IRB) is a campus wide commitee charged with the review of research with human participants to assure that the rights and welfare of human participants are adequately protected. The secondary goal of IRB is to ensure that the researchers and the university comply with the federal regulations for ethical and responsible conduct of research.
You cannot contact research participants and start your research project before you have an IRB approval and stamped consent forms. Any changes to an IRB approved protocol must be reported immediately before the change takes place. All protocols expire one year from the initial IRB approval date. Please visit IRB website to review instructions, access forms, and learn more about training, application, and the review process. For additional information the CSUSM IRB office can assist you with any questions you may have. Please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to (760) 750-4029.
Master’s students in the School of Education are required to produce a thesis or a project. This guideline aims to clarify if and when activities involved in either type of culminating graduate experience require IRB review. Ask the following three questions of your project to determine if it requires IRB review:
If you have answered “yes” to all three questions, you are engaged in human subject research, which requires IRB review. Visit the CSUSM IRB website and read through which type of review you will need. If you have answered “no” to any of the questions above, you do not require an IRB review.
The following activities alone do not require an IRB review; however, the use or presentation of the process and/or data collected in your thesis or project may cause the activity to require review.
A. Needs analysis: Identifies and attempts to solve specific problems. Asks specific questions generated from specific site. May or may not require literature reviews, discussion of methods, and theory. Used for specific groups, organizations, and institutions. The end product does not include a summary of the analysis but rather generates a solution or product.
B. Curriculum writing and program evaluation: Creating curriculum for regular classroom practices. Classroom students involved. May involve talking with and collecting samples from human participants. No required reflection on or writing of literature reviews, discussion of methods, and theory.
C. Developing manuals using existing materials and resources: May or may not involve talking or consulting with others. No required reflection on or writing of literature reviews, discussion of methods, and theory.
D. Gathering examples of student work for school publication: Involves collection and even discussion with students about their work. Information is primarily for school site only.
E. National Board Certification Portfolios
Note: Even though IRB review is not required for these types of activities, attention to ethics and human rights is essential. We recommend that you obtain release to use student material and/or provide an information sheet to students and parents about the activity.