About the IRB
The IRB is a committee responsible for reviewing research proposals submitted by SJSU students, faculty, and staff that involve the use of human subjects. IRB members make sure that the proposed research is in compliance with university policy, and state and federal regulations established to ensure the safety of research participants and the ethical and responsible conduct of investigators.
If you plan on pursuing research with human participants either through direct interaction (interviews, surveys, experimental interventions, etc.) or through the use of private records about individuals, an application must be submitted to and approved by the IRB before the research begins.