IRB: Reviewer Training

Training Steps for New IRB Reviewers

The SJSU IRB has an expedited review process for minimal risk research in which a single IRB reviewer evaluates a research protocol to determine whether the protection of human subjects in research has been ensured. Full review by all committee members can be selected when needed by the individual reviewer when the research is greater than minimal risk. To begin reviewing IRB protocols:

  1. Notify the Human Protections Analyst and the current IRB chair (see contact info below) that you have been appointed to serve on the IRB. The Human Protections Analyst will provide you with a training packet that outlines the responsibilities of IRB members and instructions for protocol review.

  2. Complete the mandatory online training course for IRB reviewers through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). After creating and account with CITI using your SJSU email address, select San Jose State University Courses. Click on "add a course or update learner groups." Go to question #2 and select "IRB Members." Once you have completed the training, email a pdf copy of your transcript report to the Human Protections Analyst.

  3. Read the SJSU Policy for Protection of Human Research Subjects [pdf].

  4. Review IRB procedures, forms, and related materials on this website.

Reviewer Availability and IRB Meetings

Communicate your availability to the Human Protections Analyst; if you will be unavailable by email, please notify the analyst, so that protocols are not sent to you. Keep in mind that extended periods of unavailability result in other reviewers having to take more protocols. Reviewers are expected to return protocols that they have reviewed to the Human Protections Analyst within 10 business days or sooner.

IRB meetings are usually held once a month. The meeting schedule and location will be determined by the IRB chair at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. A reminder email will be sent out  prior to the meeting. Please be sure to check your email in case a meeting is canceled.

IRB Meeting Schedule - Fall 2021

The IRB will meet from 9:30 - 10:30am via Zoom on the following dates:

September 19, 2021
October 15, 2021
November 19, 2021
December 10, 2021

IRB Meeting Schedule - Spring 2021

The IRB will meet from 9:30 - 10:30am via Zoom on the following dates:

February 19, 2021
March 19, 2021
April 16, 2021
May 14, 2021

IRB Contact and Membership Information 

Alena Filip
Human Protections Analyst
Office of Research

Dr. Priya Raman, Communication Studies
IRB Chair 
(408) 924-5371

Dr. Mohamed Abousalem
Institutional Official and Vice President of Research and Innovation

Current IRB members: Committee membership information is posted and updated on the Academic Senate website.

Federal Regulations

In addition to having thorough knowledge of SJSU policy for protection of human research subjects, IRB reviewers are expected to be familiar with the corresponding federal regulations posted on the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) website.

Code of Federal Regulations 45CFR46 Policy for Protection of Human Research Subjects

Other Useful Documents

IRB Review Criteria Worksheet [pdf]