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.

To be certified at CMU, a set of modules must be completed via the CITI website with an overall score of 80%. Once completed, CITI will issue you a “completion certificate” and notify Sponsored Programs. Current CITI certification needs to be maintained for the duration of all human subjects’ research, and certification must be renewed every three years.

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




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

September 13, 2017

August 29, 2017 

October 11, 2017

September 26, 2017 

November 29, 2017

November 14, 2017

February 8, 2018

January 25, 2018

March 8, 2018

February 22, 2018 

April 5, 2018

March 26, 2018

May TBD 



IRB Committee Members (Term Expiration)

  • Ms. April Cackler - 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)