Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Saddleback College is committed to protecting the welfare, rights, and privacy of all persons who participate as subjects in research projects conducted under its auspices, and to ensuring that the subjects of such research are fully aware of their rights and of the protections available to them.

The body charged with this task is the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) which is guided in its work by the Federal Regulations on human subjects research adopted by seventeen federal agencies and known as the Common Rule.


1. Submit a Saddleback IRB Application. Review this application carefully to ensure that all sections are complete and that all required attachments are included (note: you will need to  provide a bio-sketch  to illustrate your qualifications and experience that demonstrate you are fit to conduct the research activities in your proposal).

The IRB chair will notify you about missing information or documents through email only.  The check boxes indicating "Expedited", "Exempt", "Full Board" require you to examine pages 6-12 in Saddleback College's IRB Standard Operating Procedures (extracted here).  Do not worry if you are uncertain, the IRB will make the final call.

2. Register for CITI training.  Note, Saddleback has a hosted site. The IRB administrator will assign you training ONLY after you register first.  Incomplete training will not be considered for review beyond initial screening.  This means your study will not be approved unless you complete the training.

3. Wait for your protocol review #.  Your study proposal will be assigned a protocol number.  Save this for your records.

4. Wait for information about your study and its level of review required from the IRB Chair.  You may need to provide additional information to the IRB at any point in time.  This includes before, during and after your study is: submitted, in process, approved, approved subject to restrictions, tabled, or disapproved.