Human Subjects Guidelines

The department-level human subjects committee is meant to facilitate the protection of human research subjects, the University and faculty, as well as student researchers. The policy of the University is that any research or related activity involving human subjects must be reviewed by a Committee for the Projection of Human Subjects. To review University IRB policies, especially in regards to issues of risk, please visit their web page. The University IRB answers your frequently asked questions about human subjects research. 

What studies need to be reviewed? The short answer is that all research involving human subjects (including Master's Theses and course-based research in which students interact with participants outside of the course) should be reviewed. When in doubt, fill out the form below! However, research conducted by students within an established CSUS course and in which the only participants are other students in the same course does not need to be reviewed. Similarly, research in which the students in a course observe the public behavior of others but do not interact with them also does not need review. It is the responsibility of the course instructor to be sure that appropriate research procedures are followed. 

The departmental-level human subjects committee must examine all proposals for in-class teaching projects and student research. The committee can approve "exempt" proposals, but any higher level of risk must be forwarded to the university-level IRB after departmental review. To review University IRB policies, especially in regards to issues of risk, please visit their web page.

CSUS Sociology Department Human Subjects Committee
Proposal Submission Deadlines
Academic Year 2015 - 2016
Sociology Department Deadline CSUS Committee Deadline
TBD Monday, September 7, 2015 at 12pm
Monday, October 5, 2015 at 12pm
Monday, November 2, 2015 at 12pm
Monday, November 30, 2015 at 12pm
Monday, February 1, 2016 at 12pm
Monday, February 29, 2016 at 12pm
Monday, April 4, 2016 at 12pm
Monday, May 2, 2016 at 12pm
NOTE: Neither committee meets or reviews proposals in the summer.
Human Subjects Committee Chair: Charlie Varano (
Committee Members: Todd Migiliaccio, Aya Kimura Ida


Students must complete the official IRB form:  IRB Form.

Be certain to answer every question completely.