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Human Subjects Review Program

HSRC Update re Coronavirus

The HSRC staff will work remotely through May 31st (see Governor Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order).  You might experience a slight delay in email or phone responses. We will do our best to ensure that disruptions to normal review processes remain minimal.

RESEARCHERS: Given the current concerns about Coronavirus, if you are currently collecting data through in-person interactions with any participants, you should restrict your activities.  Your presence and/or the research activities should not increase risk to any individuals with regard to the virus. Follow the guidelines of the University and the recommendations from Washington State Department of Health.

If you need to modify any aspect of your protocol due to the Coronavirus impacts, call or email us, and we will work quickly and closely with you. Apart from ceasing or pausing data collection, do not make any changes to your protocol without prior HSRC written approval.

Please contact us with any questions at or 509-963-3115.


Welcome to the Human Subjects Review Program

Central Washington University established an institutional review board (IRB) in 2001.  The IRB is an oversight committee, administratively independent of the institution it serves.  At CWU, this committee is called the Human Subjects Review Council (HSRC).   It is the role of the HSRC to safeguard the rights and welfare of human subjects by evaluating the risks and benefits of the research to assure an acceptable balance. 

The HSRC is charged with reviewing all research involving human subjects to ensure the research complies with institutional policies, state (WAC 388-04), and federal laws (45 CFR Part 46).    It is the policy of CWU (CWUP 2-40-160) that all research involving human subjects regardless of funding source be reviewed by the HSRC.  The involvement of human subjects research conducted by CWU students, staff, or faculty is not permitted until the HSRC has reviewed and approved the research protocol.  Even if, according to the regulations, the research appears to be exempt from review all researchers will submit applications for approval or certification of their research activities.  Analysis of secondary data may also be considered human subjects data and fall under the purview of the HSRC.

Ultimately, it is the goal of the HSRC to be partners with investigators in research, encouraging open communication in an atmosphere of mutual respect and support that promotes ethical and responsible research.






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