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Institutional Review Board (IRB)


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Effective August 1, 2010, research conducted in MSA and MA in Education capstone courses is no longer under the jurisdiction of CMU’s IRB office. This means that IRBNet applications will not be accepted for MSA and MA in Education students. The exceptions to this policy are those cases where the student’s work involves human subjects and would be considered “research” under the federal guidelines.

Projects considered “research” are those projects using human subjects that generate findings that can be generalized and that are intended from the outset of the project to be disseminated to a wider audience. For example, a student conducting a project and using human subjects with the intent to publish the findings or report the​ findings to a broader audience, i.e., state or regional, national or international conference or outside of the researcher’s organization, must complete CITI training and seek IRB approval. On the other hand, a student conducting a work-related project with human​ subjects and reporting the findings within the organization is not required to seek IRB approval.

We are replacing the IRB requirement with a Research Review Application. Students will complete this form and submit the form along with appropriate attachments to their capstone instructor. The application form is available here.

Approval notifications will be sent by e-mail and data collection may only begin when that approval has been received. If your project meets the criteria for research, please read the following information:

IRB - Human Subjects Research

In addition to promoting the acquisition of external support for faculty and staff research and programmatic and creative endeavors, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is responsible for ensuring that CMU is fully compliant with a variety of research-related policies and procedures. The increasing complexity of the research process, the requirements of federal and state agencies, and the accountability of university personnel to colleagues, students, the university, and the larger community necessitate that CMU provide its research community with mechanisms that ensure that research is conducted in a manner that is compliant with all governing oversight offices.

To accomplish this goal, ORSP has adopted a software package called IRBNet that is designed to be open to the entire CMU research community and assists in the management and oversight that support IRB, IACUC, and other compliance boards with one unified solution.

  • IRBNet will allow for online submission of research proposals involving humans and animals and will create required reporting documents for the oversight and regulatory offices.
  • IRBNet is an enterprise-class, hosted toolset that is secure and accessible from anywhere, anytime on any platform. Users need only have an internet connection and a browser, thus making it possible for our Global Campus to use this system for submission of proposals.
  • All IRB applications must be submitted through IRBNet.



Online Training in the Use of Human Subjects

All investigators conducting research with human subjects are required to complete training in the protection of human subjects in research. CMU has adopted the online training system offered through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). CITI offers courses in the responsible conduct of research and can be individualized for specific university needs. CITI allows for the tracking of individuals who have completed their respective training requirements. Thus, individuals who are required to complete training in human subjects research would complete only the training relevant in this area. Implications for Research Involving Human Subjects By the beginning of the 2009 Spring Semester, all investigators conducting research with human subjects must provide evidence of training in human-subjects protection. Completion of CITI training is reported to CMU.

Support: Pl​​ease contact Deb Geasler at 989-774-6401 or by e-mail at with any questions regarding the utilization of either IRBNet or CITI.