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Welcome!  You are on the page for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for California Baptist University.  We review all proposals for research with human participants before the research takes place; we exist to ensure that the rights of human participants will be protected if the project is completed as proposed by a researcher.  The information on this page, especially in the handbook documents linked below, will help you understand (1) your role as a researcher in the protection of human participants and (2) how you can demonstrate to the IRB that your proposed research project meets the federal guidelines for ethical research with human participants. 


Note: There is a NEW IRB Handbook and processes.  These are linked below.  Changes effective August 14, 2017.  Any application received after August 14th that does not conform to these procedures will be returned to the researcher for revision.

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Our IRB Processes have changed!  Effective August 14th, the IRB 2.1 Handbook is live!  One of the major revisions?  The format of the handbook.  Rather than a single document that you have to flip through, we have a series of smaller documents (usually around 1 page) that seek to provide specific, targeted answers to questions about the document topic.  The IRB has worked hard to make the documents easy to read and understand; please don’t hesitate to provide feedback on these revisions, including ways we can improve them in the future.  Please take the time to review the new documents and consider attending a IRB Processes Training session (see calendar).


We are working on creating internal hyperlinks in the documents so that researchers can navigate seamlessly from one document to another, gathering the specific information they need to prepare a successful IRB application.  Anywhere you see highlighting in the documents below is the future home of a hyperlink.


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IRB Handbook
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Full Text IRB Handbook 2.1 (.pdf, 448K)
Introduction to Human Participant Research (.pdf, 156K)
What is the IRB? (.pdf, 345K)
IRB Committee Members (.pdf, 21K)
Human Subjects Research Defined (.pdf, 132K)
What is Research (.pdf, 13K)
Conducting Research at CBU (.pdf, 298K)
Steps for Submitting an IRB Application (.pdf, 173K)
Categories of Human Subject Research (.pdf, 252K)
Exempt Research Application (.pdf, 377K)
Expedited Review Application (.pdf, 383K)
Full IRB Review (.pdf, 371K)
Research Description (.pdf, 159K)
After Approval (.pdf, 35K)
Amendment to Research Protocol (.pdf, 106K)
Continuing Research Renewal Request (.pdf, 75K)
Unanticipated Risk-Adverse Event (.pdf, 13K)
Study Closure Report (.pdf, 14K)
Informed Consent (.pdf, 52K)
Informed Consent Example 1 (.pdf, 20K)
Informed Consent Example 2 (.pdf, 37K)
Bill of Rights for Research Participants (.pdf, 15K)
Assent (.pdf, 9K)
Waiving the Consent Requirement (.pdf, 151K)
External IRB Approval (.pdf, 124K)
Research Misconduct. (.pdf, 33K)
Research Agreement (.pdf, 14K)
Federal Resources (.pdf, 31K)
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Research Misconduct Policy (.pdf, 172K)
IRB Fillable Forms
Research Description-Fillable Form (.docx, 28K)
Expedited Review-Fillable Form (.docx, 50K)
Exempt Research-Fillable Form (.docx, 58K)
Full IRB Review-Fillable Form (.docx, 46K)
External IRB Approval-Fillable Form (.docx, 31K)
Study Closure Report-Fillable Form (.docx, 29K)
Unanticipated Risk-Adverse Event-Fillable Form (.docx, 29K)
Continuing Research Renewal Request-Fillable Form (.docx, 31K)
Amendment to Research Protocol-Fillable Form (.docx, 27K)
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Application Instructions
Steps for Submitting an IRB Application (.pdf, 46K)
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Wonder what happens to your IRB application once you send it to  It is first pre-reviewed for completeness and appropriate formatting.  Once this step has been finished, the application is considered “received” and is reviewed by the IRB.  Different categories of human participant research require review by one, a few, or the full committee.  You can find out more about this process by reading the handbook document for “An Introduction to Research with Human Participants at CBU,” “The Institutional Review Board (IRB),” and “IRB Categories for Human Participants Research.”

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IRB Review Criteria
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Any research that meets the federal definitions of “Human Participant Research” requires IRB approval prior to the research being conducted.  Please review “Human Participant Research: Defined” and “Research Defined” to answer this question.  Revisions to the procedures for course-based research (research that students are required to complete for instructional purposes) are described here

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Please view the full calendar for IRB meeting dates and deadlines for submission of full board applications. 

Erin Smith, Ph.D.
Chair, Institutional Review Board  
Associate Professor of Psychology
W.E. James Building Room 123B
8432 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA  92504
All IRB questions and correspondence should be sent to