Welcome, Researchers and Research Subjects!
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.


Free Online Data Anonymization Workshop Series Featuring Leading International Subject Matter Experts

The McGill Digital Research Services Hub is delighted to invite all researchers and students to a series of online workshops on data anonymization, presented by national and international subject matter leading experts. This workshop series will provide attendees with an overview of data anonymization, as well as demonstrations of data anonymization tools for both qualitative and quantitative data.

Reducing risk: An introduction to data anonymization
Tuesday October 3, 2023, 10:00am – 12:00 pm ET

ARX – Anonymising data in theory and practice
Wednesday October 4, 2023, 10:00am – 12:00pm ET

Ethically sharing qualitative data
Tuesday October 17, 2023, 10:00am – 12:00pm ET

Qualitative data sharing: A roadmap and resources to facilitate responsible and ethical data sharing
Wednesday October 18, 2023, 10:00am – 12:00pm ET

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • What is data anonymization and why is it important
  • What makes data anonymization so challenging
  • How to anonymize data in practice
  • Available tools and resources

The online workshop series is free and open to all researchers, but registration is required. Please visit the series webpage (https://www.mcgill.ca/drs/channels/event/data-anonymization-workshop-series-348581) for more information or to register for sessions. All workshops will be presented in English with simultaneous French interpretation.


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Human Subjects Research and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Effective February 27, 2023, the special policy for Human Subjects Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic is suspended indefinitely.

Should the now endemic COVID-19 conditions worsen or should another infectious pandemic emerge, this policy, or one much like it, will again go into effect. For more information about what suspension of this policy means for your current or prospective projects, see Human Subjects Research and COVID-19 (https://my.cgu.edu/research/human-subjects-research-and-covid-19/)

Submit/Manage Research Protocols


axiom Mentor is now sitero Mentor.

All IRB protocols should be submitted in sitero Mentor, which may be accessed using the sitero Mentor icon in the Links menu or through your MyCGU QuickLaunch box. Using sitero 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

All CGU investigators must have up-to-date human subjects protections training through the CITI Program. To better facilitate the requirement that all CGU investigators complete training in human subjects protections, user accounts in sitero Mentor and the CITI Program are linked. The CITI Program will update sitero Mentor daily with your current training credentials, which means CGU investigators do not 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 sitero Mentor’s menu. Like Mentor, CITI can be accessed from the Links menu on the IRB website or through your MyCGU QuickLaunch box.

Federal Identifiers

(Office for Human Research Protections)

  • Organization: Claremont Graduate U: IORG0000760 (expires 1/13/2026)
  • IRB: Claremont Graduate U IRB #1: IRB00001114 (exp. 1/13/2026)
  • FWA Claremont Graduate University: FWA00000248 (01/25/2028)

Assurances for other Claremont Colleges institutions relying on CGU’s IRB:

  • Harvey Mudd College
    • FWA00013487 (04/29/2024)
  • Keck Graduate Institute for Applied Life Sciences
    • FWA00003525 (11/15/2023)
  • The Claremont Colleges Services
    • FWA00028224 (5/13/2024)