Frequently Asked Questions

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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. 

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.