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CMU's IRB has transitioned to using the web-based program Cayuse Human Ethics to manage human subjects research studies. No more paper or PDF forms! Please click here for more 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 for these activities.

Most human subject research conducted on CMU’s campus will require an Expedited or Exempt Review. Expedited and Exempt review processes take approximately 2 weeks. 

Any research which constitutes greater than minimal risk to participants must be reviewed by the Full Institutional Review Board. If the IRB determines during initial review that Full Board approval is needed, the protocol will be evaluated at the next IRB monthly meeting, provided there are at least two weeks between determination of Full Board review and the next IRB monthly meeting (see IRB Monthly Meeting dates below). If you anticipate your protocol may need Full Board review, it is recommended that you submit your protocol in Cayuse three to four weeks prior to the next IRB Monthly Meeting.   

Modifications and Class Waiver Requests will be responded to within 2 weeks. 


Contact Information to reach the IRB Chair and/or the Research Integrity Officer:

Colorado Mesa University - Institutional Review Board
ATTN: Office of Sponsored Programs
1100 North Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501-3122

Email: [email protected]