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CMU's IRB has transitioned to using the web-based program Cayuse Human Ethics to manage human subjects research studies. Cayuse Human Ethics is a user-friendly, cloud-based electronic protocol management platform. All human subjects research proposals will now be processed using Cayuse rather than paper/pdf forms.

If your project is a course-based research assignment, IRB protocol submission and approval via Cayuse is not required. Instead, faculty members should complete this Class Projects IRB Waiver Request and email it to [email protected].

Accessing Cayuse

Many faculty members automatically had a Cayuse account created for them. If you are not sure if you have a Cayuse account already, try logging in first! If you don't have access, fill out the Cayuse Request form below. Please ensure that emails from [email protected] are not being directed to your spam folder.

Note that all members of the research team need to have a Cayuse account prior to submission. You will not be able to add any researchers to the protocol who do not have an active Cayuse account.    

 log in here

  • Log in if you already have an account.
  • If prompted, use your MAVzone credentials.
  • Click the "Products" tab on your home page to navigate to the Human Ethics module

Request a Cayuse Account

  • If you do not have a Cayuse account, fill out this request form.
  • Access requests will typically be processed within two business days.
  • IRB proposals are typically approved within 2-4 weeks of submission, so please plan accordingly. This timeframe may be extended during busy times, such as prior to Student Showcase.

Getting Started with Cayuse 

  • Visit the Resource Center within Cayuse Human Ethics for more articles and how-to guides