Human Subjects & Institutional Review Board (IRB)

General Information 

An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee established by an institution to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects recruited to participate in research activities. Federal, state and university regulations require all human subjects research conducted by Colorado Mesa University (CMU) faculty, staff and students to be approved by the IRB before the research can be conducted. Sponsored Programs provides administrative support.

To conduct research with human participants at CMU, Sponsored Programs requires that all researchers be certified via the CITI program. The CITI Program provides research ethics education to all members of the research community.

The CITI Human Subjects Research (HSR) courses were written and peer-reviewed by experts and are comprised of modules that include detailed content, images, supplemental materials (such as, case studies), and a quiz. Learners may complete the modules at their own pace. Each module varies in length, and learners may require different amounts of time to complete the module based on their familiarity and knowledge of the topic. In general, CITI designed each module to take approximately 20 – 30 minutes to complete.

The Human Subjects CITI Online training consists of two disciplinary categories:

Social, Behavioral and Educational Research (ID: 10089).

  • The SBE Basic course is an introduction to social-behavioral-educational research with a focus on the protection of human subjects. It offers historic and current information on regulatory and ethical issues important to the conduct of research involving human subjects.
  • Persons interested in conducting studies on sociological, psychological, anthropological or educational phenomena, including observational and survey research, and work with population and/or epidemiological studies, should complete this course.

    Required CITI Core Modules – 9

Biomedical Research (ID: 10088).

  • This course is an introduction to the protection of human subjects in biomedical research. It offers historic and current information on regulatory and ethical issues important to the conduct of research involving human subjects.
  • Completion of this course is required for medical, physiological or pharmacological studies that include, but are not limited to, research with drugs, devices or other interventions.

    Required CITI Core Modules – 12

Please select the group that best corresponds to the nature of your research. You must receive a score of 80% or better overall in order to pass a CITI course. If you receive less than 80%, you will need to retake one or more quizzes to improve your score.

The CMU IRB may require a researcher to take supplemental CITI coursework depending on the nature of the proposed research.

Once completed, CITI will issue you a Completion Report and notify Sponsored Programs. A CITI Completion Report is valid for three (3) years. Current and valid CITI human subject’s research certification is required for the duration of all human subject’s research. It is the researcher’s responsibility to maintain current and valid CITI human subject’s research certification.

Specific Information

Most human subject research conducted on CMU’s campus will require an Expedited or Exempt Review. The Expedited review process should take approximately 2 weeks. Exempt Review’s typically take 1 week for approval.

Any research which constitutes greater than minimal risk to participants must be reviewed by the Full Institutional Review Board. For those protocols needing Full Board Review, complete applications must be received by the appropriate application date (see IRB Monthly Meeting dates).

Amendments will be responded to within 1 week. Requests for Determinations of Non-Human Subjects Research are usually responded to within 1 week of submission.

CITI Training


Policies, Procedures & Guidebook:


Assurance and Registration

Colorado Mesa University maintains a Federalwide Assurance of compliance with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). The University assumes responsibility and obligations to ensure all research activity involving human subjects will be regulated under this Assurance, regardless if research activity is funded or unfunded.


Mailing Address:

Colorado Mesa University

1100 North Avenue

Grand Junction, CO 81501-3122



Cognizant Audit Agency

Department of Health and Human Services

DCA Western Field Office

90 7th Street, Suite 4-600

San Francisco, CA 94103-6705


HHS Representative:

Stanley Huynh 415.437.7820


Federal ID Number:



Federal Congressional District:






Institutional Review Board (IRB):

00010588 expires 6/8/2019


Federalwide Assurance (FWA):

00024298 expires 6/20/21


DUNS Number:



Contractor Establishment Code (Same as DUNS):



NSF Institutional Code:



 Protocol Forms

Note: See steps for completing protocol forms below.

 Steps for Successfully Completing Protocol Forms

Download Do not complete protocol forms in your web-browser. Download the form to your desktop before starting. 
Attach After you have attached documents to the protocol, you can view, delete or save them by clicking the paperclip icon on the left side navigation of the fillable PDF.
Save Use the Save icon to save the protocol as a fillable PDF file. Please do not "Print to PDF" or scan a hard copy of the protocol form. 
Signature Please use electronic signatures (i.e., Digital ID) when signing the protocol forms. 


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IRB Monthly Meetings

These meeting and due dates are applicable for FULL BOARD protocol applications only. Exempt and Expedited protocol applications can be submitted at any time.     

Meeting Date

Application Due

Oct 4, 2018

Sep 13, 2018

Nov 8, 2018

Oct 18, 2018

Dec 6, 2018

Nov 15, 2018










IRB Committee Members (Term Expiration)

  • Ms. April Chandler - Center for Teacher Education (05/2019)
  • Dr. Carmine Grieco - Department of Kinesiology (08/2020)
  • Dr. Chelsie HessDepartment of Social & Behavioral Sciences (08/2020)
  • Dr. Craig Hughes - External Member (08/2020)
  • Dr. Nikki Jones - Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences (05/2018)
  • Dr. Les Miller - Department of Languages, Literature & Mass Communication (05/2019)
  • Ms. Kelly Dougherty - External Member (04/2021)
  • Dr. Lucy Graham - Department of Nursing (04/2021)
  • Dr. Christine Noel - Department of Business (04/2021)
  • Ms. Sylvia Rael - Tomlinson Library (04/2021)
  • Dr. Kristen Santos - Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences (04/2021)
  • Dr. Jeremy Hawkins - Department of Kinesiology (04/2021)