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The Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) at MSU Denver

The HSP Program serves three primary functions...

IRB Oversight: 

The HSPP provides professional support to the Institutional Review Board (IRB).  IRB oversight is an essential component of human subjects protection.  The Review Board is composed of members of the MSU Denver faculty and staff and the community at-large.  Members of the IRB are tasked with protecting the rights and welfare of participants in research studies.  The IRB reviews and makes determinations on proposed human subjects research that is conducted by or in collaboration with MSU Denver faculty, staff, and/or students.  The IRB follows regulatory requirements and the ethical principles of Respect for Persons, Beneficence, and Justice in reviewing research that involves participants and/or identifiable private information.

Resources and Administrative Support:

The HSPP serves as a resource for MSU Denver faculty, staff, and student researchers.  Through the HSPP, individuals can learn about the ethical conduct of human subjects research, understand and implement regulatory requirements and standards in their studies, and successfully navigate the IRB review process and requirements throughout the life of their study. HSPP staff receive submissions to the IRB, assign studies for review, and facilitate the process for both researchers and IRB reviewers.  Researchers are encouraged to consult with the HSPP Coordinator in the development of their IRB submission packets and to engage with the HSPP staff during the review process for any assistance needed.  The HSPP also coordinates outreach activities and provides workshops to train and inform researchers on the ethical conduct of human subjects research and the IRB process.


The HSP Program works to ensure that the review and conduct of human subjects research is in compliance with regulations and standards.  These tasks include developing, implementing, and evaluating policies and procedures that meet the terms of our Federalwide Assurance (FWA).  The FWA is the institution's agreement with the federal government on the conduct and oversight of human subjects research.  The Associate Vice President of Curriculum and Academic Effectiveness, Dr. Rae Shevalier, is the signatory authority on the FWA and oversees the HSP Program and the administrative support of the IRB.  The HSPP and IRB take a collaborative approach with researchers to ensure that any concerns of noncompliance are appropriately addressed, that corrective actions are developed to protect current and future participants, and that reporting requirements are met both within and outside of the institution.

Contact the Human Subjects Protection Program at or 303-352-7330.

Federalwide Assurance & IRB Registration

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Federalwide Assurance (FWA) for the Protection of Human Subjects

FWA#: FWA00010020  Expires: 11/05/2018

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Registration of an Institutional Review Board

IORG #: IORG0004531    Expires 03/31/2017

HSPP & IRB Updates

Welcome to the Human Subjects Protection Program!

HSPP Update:

Please be advised that the full IRB does not meet during the summer and will convene again in August.  Most studies, however, are not reviewed at the convened meetings and can be reviewed by designated IRB members.  This expedited review process can occur year-round.  If you have questions about the level of IRB review for your study or are planning to submit a study that may require full-Board review, please contact the HSPP for assistance at or 303-352-7330.