Full Review (Applicant Only)

IRB applications are submitted online through a system called "Cayuse IRB."

IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME SUBMITTING ANY IRB APPLICATION AT USD, YOU MUST FIRST EMAIL IRB Coordinator Bridget C Meschen at: bcmeschen@sandiego.edu
If you have never submitted an IRB application at USD, the online system will NOT recognize you.
 Bridget must first set up your information before you begin an online application. Email Bridget 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.

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.


There are three levels of IRB applications: exempt, expedited, and full review.

  • A full review is a very rare occurrence at USD.
  • Never submit an application as a full level review without first consulting an IRB Representative or Administrator.
  • To determine whether your application qualifies for a full review, go to:
    http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/guidance/45cfr46.html#46.109
  • If your research project is being submitted as a full review, you must meet a deadline, as your application will be considered during a meeting of the full IRB. A deadline is necessary to ensure that all IRB members have time to review your materials thoroughly.

Please see a schedule of "Full Review Only Deadlines" and IRB meeting dates for 2017-2018. There are no deadlines for applications that are NOT full reviews.