Human and Animal Protections

Human and Animal Protections at San Francisco State University supports the work of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

The IRB and the IACUC are charged with protecting the safety and welfare of humans and animals used in research at or in conjunction with this university. The committees do not expect research to be free from risk, but do expect the investigator to be aware of the risks, to minimize risk when possible, and to take appropriate precautions whenever necessary.


HAP SUMMER Office Hours: Please reach out to to schedule a time to meet during the summer months (June to August 2021).

Announcing Three (3) Year Approval for Qualifying Minimal Risk Research

Utilizing flexibility available under our Federalwide Assurance (FWA) regarding certain study approval periods, the Institutional Review Board and ORSP - Human and Animal Protections are pleased to announce the following change in policy.  Effective May 1, 2014, the IRB will begin issuing three (3) year approvals for faculty research that qualifies for this extended approval period for new protocols. To qualify, the research must:

  1. involve no more than minimal risk to participants (as defined by 45 CFR 46.102);
  2. not be supported by federal funds; and
  3. not be subject to federal oversight.

To extend the expiration date on existing approved protocols, please contact our office directly for more information.

Application for Determination of Exemption (ADE) from IRB Review

Link to Application:

ORSP – Human and Animal Protections has recently released an online application for determining exemption from IRB review. This submission tool will enable researchers and students to submit their project descriptions online to determine if they qualify for exemption. Please note that ADE submissions require a completed CITI training certificate "Social/Behavioral Research Course".

Please contact us if you have any issues with our new online form or questions!



SF State IRB Guidance for Human Subject Research during COVID-19