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DU Day of Research

Friday, April 14, 2023 | Virtual Event

Class-Related Projects

what kind?

For research done within an undergraduate or graduate class as a class project, the instructor should go through the IRB process to submit a Human Subjects Review Form (HRS-1) with Department Chair approval for a course in which students commonly do research (rather than students submitting independently for approval).

In going through the process, the instructor takes on full responsibility for monitoring the protection of human subjects, student training, and keeping the project within the bounds of the IRB guidelines. 


Before starting a class research project, the instructor must complete and submit the following documents for IRB approval:

  1. Proposal cover sheet & Form
  2. CITI Training: proof of human subjects protection training
    The CITI training is required for anyone submitting for IRB approval. 
    This certificate must be submitted with every proposal.
    NOTE: New users should register with their DU email address so they fall under DU's institutional account and don't get charged for the training.

  3. Checklist
    To make sure you have everything before submitting for IRB approval.

Proposals describe the research plan, explain the provisions to protect participants, and outline what steps will be taken to comply with federally-mandated legal and ethical guidelines. Each question in the protocol should be answered using non-technical language so that IRB members will have ample information to understand the proposed research project.

Where do I submit my IRB application?

Submit the completed Proposal Cover Sheet & Form, along with certificate(s) of completion of Human Subjects training to