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HSPP Holiday Closure

Please be advised that the HSP Program will close on Thursday, December 25th and re-open on Monday, January 5th in accordance with the University closure.  No submissions will be processed and no IRB reviews of studies will occur during that time period.  Please plan accordingly.

The Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) at MSU Denver

The cornerstone of HSPP efforts is the establishment of MSU Denver's Human Research Protection Plan (PDF 814 KB), signed by President Jordan on September 19, 2014. 

The University’s HRP Plan is a comprehensive system to ensure the protection of the rights and welfare of subjects in Human Research. The HRP Plan relies on ALL individuals in this University along with key individuals and committees fulfilling their roles and responsibilities described in this plan.  The Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) serves as the administrative unit of this institutional plan to ensure that it functions effectively.

In addition, a comprehensive set of HSPP Policies & Procedures (PDF 728 KB) are now posted on the IRB website. 

These policies and procedures are supported by an IRB “toolkit” that contains new forms, worksheets, and checklists that are designed to work efficiently together and to keep us in compliance with federal regulations.  As of Monday, August 25th, previous versions of IRB forms will not be accepted for review. 

Finally, the HSPP is now subscribing to IRBNet, an online document management system that will be used to receive submissions and document reviews in a confidential and efficient manner. 

As of Monday, August 25th, submissions will no longer be accepted via the HSPP email.  Instructions for registering with and using IRBNet are found in the For Researchers section.  As submissions to the IRB are to be made only by a faculty or staff Principal Investigator, students will not be allowed to register or submit through IRBNet. 

Anyone who needs assistance should contact the HSPP at  Thank you for your patience and cooperation in this transition!

The HSP Program serves three primary functions...

The HSPP provides professional support to MSU Denver's 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.

The HSPP serves as a resource for MSU Denver researchers (faculty, staff, and student investigators), for research participants or for individuals considering participation in research, and for members of the Institutional Review Board (IRB).  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 staff 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 Interim 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. 

HSPP staff members actively consult and collaborate with University departments, programs, and offices to ensure that the IRB and researchers comply with institutional policies, sponsor requirements, and federal regulations that govern the conduct of human subjects research.  The HSPP and the 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.

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 09/03/2017

Human Subjects Protection Program

Read MSU Denver's Human Research Protection Plan (PDF 814 KB)

Review HSPP Policies & Procedures (PDF 728 KB).

Access IRBNet.

Contact HSPP staff for assistance: