Policies Governing Graduate Student Research at UCB


April 2002


Federal Law and University policy require that all research, on or off campus, that involves human subjects in any way conducted by graduate students in pursuit of an advanced degree must be approved or exempted by the Committee for Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) before the research is begun. Research that involves human subjects and that is conducted without the approval of CPHS may be rejected by the Graduate Division. There is no provision for CPHS to give retroactive approval of research.

Only CPHS can determine whether research is eligible for exemption from full Committee review or will require full Committee review. Each student must be granted individual approval by CPHS. To ensure compliance with federal law and University policy, please call the Committee at (510) 642-7461 or visit our Web Site at https://cphs.berkeley.edu. The CPHS Web Site contains complete Guidelines for research investigators as well as sample materials.

The Committee staff will be glad to provide copies of the Guidelines and advice on writing a research protocol for the Committee’s review.

Committee for Protection of Human Subjects

Note: Other reporting requirements/deadlines may apply for certain research, e.g., involving the FDA.

(Additional information is available at “OHRP Guidance on Reviewing and Reporting Unanticipated Problems Involving Risks to Subjects or Others and Adverse Events.”)
[current link: OHRP Unanticipated Problems Involving Risks & Adverse Events Guidance]