» Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Chapman University is an authority that reviews, approves, denies and provides ongoing oversight of research involving human subjects in accordance with FDA regulations.

The IRB is composed of Full Board Members and Alternate Members representing the faculty, administration and community of Chapman University. With backgrounds in the physical, medical and social sciences, IRB Board Members are guided by regulations and standards of practice as formulated and enforced by various government departments including the Department of Health and Human Services.

Revised Common Rule

In January 2017, PRIM&R hosted PRIM&R’s Primer on the revised Common Rule, a webinar to introduce the human subjects research community to the changes present in the revised Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. Presented by P. Pearl O’Rourke, MD, and Heather Pierce, JD, MPH, this webinar provided an overview of the noteworthy changes from the current rule, as well as a discussion of various possible fates of the revised Common Rule under the new presidential administration.

While there is nothing that you need to do currently, we strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the regulatory changes in order to understand how they may or may not impact your current or future human subjects research projects. The revised Common Rule was scheduled to take effect January 19, 2018 but was postponed to take effect July 19, 2018General compliance to the revised Common Rule has been delayed and is expected on January 21, 2019.  

Gaining IRB Approval

To learn more about submitting an IRB application through the online system, visit the Cayuse IRB page. The Cayuse IRB page includes the link to log into Cayuse as well as instructional powerpoints that explain how to navigate in Cayuse.

Instructors and students who are preparing to conduct research involving human subjects should also visit the Deadlines and Approvals page to learn more about the requirements and process to obtain IRB approval.

Human Subjects Research

Research is a component of many courses at Chapman, including in-class exercises, out-of-class assignments, term papers and capstone projects. While these often include some measure of research methodology, they may not constitute research that warrants oversight by the IRB. All faculty, staff and students at Chapman University conducting research involving human subjects as defined in 45 CFR 46.102 must submit their research protocol to the IRB for review and approval prior to beginning the project. To help investigators determine whether a planned activity constitutes as research involving human subjects, below are federal definitions of research and human subject.

  • Research means a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.
  • Human Subject means a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains:
    • Data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or
    • Identifiable private information

 If you are unsure whether your project requires IRB approval, you can:

If your project requires IRB approval, please begin your application in Cayuse IRB.

If your project does NOT require IRB approval, you are not required to submit an application for determination. However, please be aware, IRB approval may not be granted if the research has already started or been conducted and the determination of IRB applicability was made incorrectly by the investigator.