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Winter Break

During the winter break, December 15, 2016 – January 17, 2017, the IRB reviewers will not be reviewing submissions. Researchers will still be able to submit over the break but no submissions will be reviewed. The HRPP office will close beginning Friday, December 23, 2016 and will reopen on Monday, January 2, 2017.

If you have Cayuse IRB submissions with a status of "In-Draft", please submit and certify your revised submission prior to 5:00pm on Wednesday, December 7th, to allow reviewers the best opportunity to review your submission prior to the winter break. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that submissions will be approved prior to the break; however, our reviewers will make every effort to complete their review prior to December 15th.

Cayuse IRB

The Cayuse IRB Review Process
Researchers can track the review process of their submissions by looking at the Dashboard at the top of the Submission Details screen.

Cayuse IRB Review Process

The green Check check mark indicates the requirements are complete for that review stage. The highlighted gray section shows where the submission is in the review process.

Cayuse IRB Test Site Available for Practice/Familiarization
The Sandbox UAT provides users a chance to practice or familiarize themselves with Cayuse IRB using a test site. The site allows test studies to be created providing practice before submitting a study through Cayuse IRB. Studies created in the Sandbox UAT are never processed.

To access the practice site, click on "Sandbox UAT" above. Enter session23 (lower case) as the user name and ttuttu as the password.

Cayuse IRB help files and "How To" Power Point presentations are also available to help guide you through the submission process.

Cayuse IRB Training Tutorials and PowerPoints


Request Training for your Group
Colleges, departments and organizations may request a Cayuse IRB training session for faculty, staff, and/or students. Please contact the HRPP office to schedule training at 806-742-2064 or email us at HRPP@ttu.edu.

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What does it mean to be a Research Principal Investigator at Texas Tech University?

The Office of Human Research Protections (HHS/OHRP, 2016)) describes the role and responsibilities of a research investigator in the following way:
"Investigators play a crucial role in protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects and are responsible for carrying out sound ethical research consistent with research plans approved by an IRB. Along with meeting the specific requirements of a particular research study, investigators are responsible for ongoing requirements in the conduct of approved research that include, in summary:

  • obtaining and documenting informed consent of subjects or subjects' legally authorized representatives prior to the subjects' participation in the research, unless these requirements have been waived by the IRB (45 CFR 46.116; 45 CFR 46.117);
  • obtaining prior approval from the IRB for any modifications of the previously approved research, including modifications to the informed consent process and document, except those necessary to eliminate apparent immediate hazards to subjects (45 CFR 46.103(b)(4)) ; and
  • ensuring that progress reports and requests for continuing review and approval are submitted to the IRB in accordance with the policies, procedures, and actions of the IRB as referenced in the institution's OHRP-approved Federalwide assurance (45 CFR 46.103(b)(4), 45 CFR 46.109(e), 45 CFR 46.115(a)(1)) . In certain circumstances, investigators also would be responsible for meeting the following additional regulatory requirements:
    • providing to the IRB prompt reports of any unanticipated problems involving risks to subjects or others 45 CFR 46.103(b)(5);
    • providing to the IRB prompt reports of serious or continuing noncompliance with the regulations or the requirements or determinations of the IRB (45 CFR 46.103(b)(5)); and
    • keeping certain records as required by the HHS regulations for at least three years after completion of the study."

TTU Policy 74.09 (5) outlines the criteria for those researchers who are eligible to assume the responsibilities as a Principal Investigator (PI) over a research study. The Principal Investigator must be:
• a full time faculty member; or
• a tenured faculty member; or
• a full time employee with a terminal degree in his/her discipline.

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HRPP/IRB Announcements

From 10:00am on January 14, 2017 through 10:00pm on the 15th, the Evisions engineering team will be completing scheduled monthly maintenance that supports the Research Suite (which includes Cayuse 424, Cayuse SP and Cayuse IRB). Maintenance will take place from 10AM – 10PM CST. During this time all parts of the Research Suite will be intermittently unavailable. Please note, even if your application appears to be working, we strongly advise against attempting to enter data during the maintenance window.

We apologize for the inconvenience; thank you for your patience during this time.

We can help! Having difficulty understanding the Cayuse IRB submission process or you have questions? The HRPP staff is available to help you and/or your colleagues by way of a phone call, individual consultations or presentations to your group. Call us at 742-2064.

IRB Meetings

January 31, 2017 @ 3 p.m.
Full Board studies due January 10th.

Next IRB Meeting
Feb. 23 @ 3 p.m.
Full Board submissions due by Feb. 2

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December 2016 HRPP/IRB Statistics

83 Reviews Assigned
45 New Proposals Submitted
81 Proposals Approved
25 Undergoing Review

Tip of the Month
Printing a .pdf in Cayuse IRB?

Having trouble printing out your study in .pdf format through Cayuse IRB? Here's how to do it through Windows. Locate the PDF button in either the Study Details or Submission Details screen. The Submission Details screen will allow you to also print out the checklists if needed. Click on the PDF button. When the study opens up, right click on the screen and select PRINT. When the print screen displays, click on the CHANGE button and select either the Save as PDF or the Adobe PDF option. Then, click on PRINT at the top left corner of the print page. The Windows Explorer screen will allow you to save the study to any folder you select.

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Cayuse IRB
In January 2016, Microsoft ended support for Internet Explorer 9 & 10. In light of this, Evisions will discontinue IE9 & 10 compatibility support for all products in the Research Suite (Cayuse 424, SP, & IRB) on July 1, 2016.

Human Research Protection Program
Administration Building, Room 357
Box 41075 | MS 1075
Lubbock, TX 79409-1075
(806) 742-2064 Office| (806) 742-3947 Fax


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