Frequently Asked Questions

How long are Human Assurance Training Certificates valid?

These certificates are valid for three years.

Which of the three training modules should I complete?

Any of the three are fine, but the NIH tutorial is nearly universally accepted.

Are protocol reviews done only at the monthly meetings?

No. Reviews are done continuously throughout the academic semesters. Projects that are not externally funded are reviewed between the first day of instruction and the last day of instruction in the Fall and Spring semesters. Projects that are externally funded (e.g., state funds, federal funds) are also reviewed during Winter and Summer breaks. 

IRB Meeting Dates and Review Deadlines

Can I see example protocols?

Yes. An example of a minimal-risk protocol and an at-risk protocol are available through the links provided below. Note that the investigators also submitted, along with these documents, their Human Assurance Training Certificates. 

Example of Minimal-Risk Protocol

Example of At-Risk Protocol

Are graduate students completing theses or projects required to go through Human Subjects review?

Yes. Theses and projects (if they involve systematic data collection from humans) should go through Human Subjects review. Most of these projects are minimal risk, however, only needing review at the department level. 

I want to collect data from Fresno State students/staff/faculty/etc., but am not an employee or student at Fresno State. Do I need to go through Fresno State's Human Subjects review?

No. Only those individuals associated with Fresno State, as an employee or student, are required to go through Fresno State's Human Subjects review procedures.

Review Checklist