WINTER BREAK: DECEMBER 24, 2020 - JANUARY 4, 2021: There will be no IRB acitivity during this time. Please plan accordingly.


Mission Statement

"California Lutheran University's Institutional Review Board's (IRB) primary responsibility is to protect the rights, welfare, and privacy of all individuals participating in research sponsored by Cal Lutheran.  The IRB reviews all research studies involving human subjects for safety, compliance with regulations, and ethical standards.  The IRB provides guidance and resources for students, faculty, staff and study team members."


Guidance for Changes Needed to Currently Approved Research Studies:

We understand that there are times you may need to make certain changes in order to continue with your research study and have questions of whether or not you need to submit these changes to the IRB Committee.  Studies that were granted an Exempt determination must complete the following checklist and submit to the IRB at for review.  This form can also be found under the Researchers tab. While your study was determined Exempt, the IRB Committee would still like to review the proposed changes to make sure that the risk to subjects still remains "no more than minimal risk".

Study Modification Checklist

If the study was approved under an Expedited category or by the Full Board, then the study team will need to complete and submit Modification Form HRP-213 (Researchers Tab), along with the specific changes, to the IRB for approval before they can implement the desired changes. Once the IRB approves the modification, the study team is free to implement the changes to their protocol.
It is important for Investigators to know the review pathway of their protocol before moving forward (i.e. exempt, expedited, or full board). New studies that were reviewed in the last several months should have an approval letter (expedited) or an exemption letter on file.  If study teams are not sure of their review determination (exempt/expedited), please contact the IRB Committee at
Please also know that the IRB Committee is still working remotely and reviewing studies via email, per our previous procedures.


Researchers can now access the necessary IRB Application forms/templates by clicking on the "Researchers" tab to the right.


Please note California Law prohibits the use of lotteries/raffles.  Therefore, it is University Policy that they will not be allowed as compensation in Human Subjects Research.


Training information can be accessed by clicking on the "Training and Educational Resources" tab to the right.


Classroom Research Project Information  (New Class Policy as of Spring 2020): 

California LutheranUniversity has implemented a new policy for human subjects research undertaken by student investigators for the sole purpose of obtaining course credit (projects involving human subjects research in Psychology, Research Methods, Exercise Science, etc.). Classroom Research Projects that meet certain requirements may be excluded from review and approval by the Cal Lutheran IRB. In such cases, no forms or documents need to be submitted to the IRB.  The faculty/instructors take full responsibility for overseeing the project and assuring ethical principles are adhered to in the conduct of the project’s activities. The complete list of requirements for Classroom Projects can be found in the new Classroom Research Projects Policy (Checklist) below.


IRB Committee Members 

IRB Committee Member Roster


IRB Committee Meeting Dates

November 13, 2020 

December 11, 2020



Contact Information:

IRB Committee

Grady Hanrahan, PhD, Assoc. Provost - Experiential Learning, Chemistry Professor

Monica Gracyalny, PhD, Assoc. Professor - Communications & IRB Chair

Leigh Schectman, IRB Coordinator






This website will be continually monitored to make sure we provide the most accurate and up to date information.   If you have any questions, please email the IRB Committee at: