Welcome, Researchers and Research Subjects!


Human Subjects Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic

New policy governing human subjects research (HSR) during the COVID-19 pandemic was approved by CGU’s COVID-19 Task Force in late August 2021. See the full policy at https://my.cgu.edu/research/hsr-during-covid-19-10-18-2021/. Effective August 30th, this policy replaces the CGU COVID-19 Policy for Research Involving Human Subjects enacted in October 2020.

Investigators planning to conduct HSR involving in-person interaction with human subjects will still need to complete an outline for Risk Mitigation Procedures as part of their IRB protocol. Under the new policy, however HSR involving in-person interaction no longer requires approval by a secondary committee and does not need to be determined essential. In addition, some of the requirements for risk mitigation have been eased.

In light of changes to broader university policy announced 8/26/2021, further updates to policy governing HSR during the pandemic are in progress. When those, and future, updates are approved, we will post notification on this page. Changes to policy are more likely to occur during the pandemic than is usually the case. We encourage to check this page regularly and pay attention to email announcements about policy changes.

We’re here to help with all of your research ethics needs.

Welcome to the website of the CGU Institutional Review Board. Our focus is to facilitate faculty investigators and help train student investigators to understand and carry out the fundamental purpose of all IRBs, which is to assure the Investigator’s Respectful Behavior toward every person who participates in research as a “human subject.”

We are happy to answer questions about federal regulations, the review process, human subjects protections, and even the intersection of ethics and research methods. Feel free to shoot us an email, give us a call, or stop by the office.


Submit/Manage Research Protocols

All IRB protocols should be submitted in Axiom Mentor, which may be accessed using the AxiomMentor icon in the Links menu or through your MyCGU QuickLaunch box. Using Axiom Mentor, investigators can create, edit, submit, amend, renew, and track the review process of all study protocols. Not sure if your study needs IRB review? The protocol creation process includes an interactive questionnaire designed to provide feedback on what kind of review, if any, is needed. For help getting started, see the “Getting Started with Mentor IRB” documentation in the Links menu on this page. Please feel free to contact us if you need additional guidance.

Human Subjects Protections Training

To better facilitate the requirement that all CGU investigators complete training in human subjects protections, user accounts in Axiom Mentor and the CITI Program are now linked. The CITI Program will update Axiom Mentor daily with your current training credentials, which means CGU investigators will no longer need to send their CITI credentials to CGU’s IRB. Investigators can check on their credentials, including expiration and renewal dates, by following the “Human Subjects Certification” link in Axiom Mentor’s menu. Like Mentor, CITI can be accessed from the Links menu or through your MyCGU QuickLaunch box.

IRB Members

Name Membership Representation Term Expires
Nicole Gatto Chair Scientist 6/30/2024
James Griffith Voting Scientist 6/30/2023
Raymond Bragg Voting Unaffiliated Member 6/30/2022
Andrew Conway Alternate Chair (Fall 2021) Scientist 6/30/2023
M. Gloria González-Morales Alternate Scientist 6/30/2023
Mary Jean Neault Voting Unaffiliated Member 6/30/2022
Gail Orum Voting Scientist 6/30/2024
Kevin Rosales Voting Scientist 6/30/2022
Robert Zappulla Voting Non-Scientist 6/30/2023
Werner Zorman Voting Non-Scientist 6/30/2023

Federal Identifiers

(Office for Human Research Protections)

  • Organization: Claremont Graduate U: IORG0000760 (expires 10/15/2023)
  • IRB: Claremont Graduate U IRB #1: IRB00001114 (exp. 10/15/2023)



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