Research on Human Subjects

Before any research involving human subjects is conducted (including observing or interviewing), students must obtain project approval both from SLAT and from the University of Arizona Institutional Review Board (IRB). All procedures, forms and certification information regarding the use of human subjects in research can be found at the University of Arizona Human Subjects Protection Program website.

All study personnel, (e.g., research advisor, dissertation director, consent form collector, co-researcher, etc.), must complete the “Human Subjects CITI Training” and have that training documented for Institutional Review Board (IRB) review. See for more information about the required training. To obtain approval for human subjects research:

a) Fill out the application for Human Research.
b) Work with your Research Advisor or Dissertation Director for Academic Review and obtain their signature.
c) Submit a final digital copy of the form to the SLAT office for the signature of the current SLAT director.
d) Obtain approval from the University of Arizona’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) via the Human Subjects Protection Program. Proposals are submitted electronically to the campus-wide Human Subjects Protection Program for their approval. For details about the submission process, please see directions at, found in the investigator’s manual maintained by that program.

NOTE: Despite the hand-carried alternative noted in that document, the IRB no longer accepts anything other than electronic submissions. (For more information please see the instructions found at the end of Form F200 Application for Human Research, or call (520) 621-5515).

Once you submit the proposal, HSPP staff will work with you until the proposal meets IRB guidelines. When the IRB approves your project, HSPP will send you a letter stating their approval or indicating that your project does not need IRB oversight. Only after the approval letter and any additional required authorizations are on file with the Human Subjects Protection Program may you begin research involving human subjects.