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Review Process

Now available!

IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME SUBMITTING ANY IRB APPLICATION AT USD AND YOU WANT TO USE THE ONLINE SYSTEM, YOU MUST FIRST EMAIL IRB Coordinator Lori Ermac-Nash at: l.ermac-nash@sandiego.edu

IRB applications can now be submitted EITHER using the traditional hard copy way OR using our new online submission system called “Cayuse IRB.”

BOTH types of applications will be accepted until the end of Spring Semester, 2017.

If you choose to use our new online system:

  • Be sure to download the instructions for online submission using the new Cayuse System. Please do not attempt to use this system without using these instructions.


If you have never submitted an IRB application at USD, the online system will NOT recognize you. Lori must first set up your information before you begin an online application. Email Lori with a message that you are a first-time IRB applicant and want to use the IRB online system. Be sure to specify your role (student, faculty, staff). If you are a student, please include your faculty advisor’s name.

The preparation of an IRB application is a collaborative process between the researcher, faculty advisor (if researcher is a student), and the IRB representative for your School or College.

Before submitting an application for review, researchers should consult their IRB representative with any questions. The preparation of an IRB application requires careful planning and dialogue with IRB personnel.

The USD IRB is committed to providing a review process that is efficient and responsive. In order to achieve this goal, we request that researchers work with us collaboratively and follow the application directions carefully.

To begin your application, please click on How to Apply.

Contact Information

Institutional Review Board
Hughes Center 214
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4553
irb@sandiego.edu

Office Hours

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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