Human Research Protection Program

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The CUNY Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is responsible for the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects in research projects conducted at CUNY or by CUNY faculty, staff and students and RF CUNY staff.

The program provides oversight, administrative support and educational training to ensure that CUNY research complies with federal and State regulations, university policy and the highest ethical standards. The CUNY HRPP comprises of 3 University Integrated Institutional Review Boards (IRBs); 2 convened and 1 expedited panel; and 21 on-site HRPP offices. For more information about the CUNY Human Research Protection Program, visit CUNY's Human Research Protection Program page

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CUNY IRB review

CUNY IRB review is required when ALL of the following criteria are met:

  1. The investigator is conducting research or a clinical investigation;
  2. The proposed research or clinical investigation involves human subjects; AND
  3. CUNY is engaged in the research or clinical investigation involving human subjects.

Additional information can be found on the Human Subjects Research Handbook page.

Helpful Information

For questions about your application, whether you need to submit, and assistance during the process of applying contact Rebecca Banchik at

All applications are submitted through the electronic submission system IRB Manager at:

First time using the system at CUNY? Email with your CUNY portal username.

All CUNY students must submit their protocols to the HRPP office at the CUNY campus of their faculty advisor’s primary affiliation. Contact information for the HRPP Coordinator at each CUNY College is available via the HRPP Coordinators List.

Independent Researchers or Visiting Scholars (i.e. volunteer researchers) at CUNY? The authority to approve the involvement of Independent Researchers resides with the CUNY college or school where the research will take place.  The procedures and the application are available on the Office of Research's Research Agreements page.

Guidance and procedures to assist researchers in ensuring compliance with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) when using CUNY's educational records for research purposes. Available on the HRPP Educational Materials subpage of this website, as well as on the CUNY HRPP policies web page under "Types of Research.".

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Human Subjects Research Handbook

Start here when conducting human subjects research to review important information, such as timeline for review, basic definitions, and exempt and expedited categories.

View the Handbook
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Human Subjects Research in the Time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way human subjects research can be conducted. Review the necessary information.

COVID-19 and Human Subjects Research

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Rebecca Banchik

Director, Human Research Protection Program; Director, Human Research Protection Program, Academic Affairs

Chelsea Timm

Coordinator, Human Research Protection Program