COVID-19 Update: The latest news and guidance for students, faculty and staff.

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EMU Research

Human Subjects (IRB)



Update: Covid-19


Effective immediately, all researchers must halt all in-person procedures for human subject research (e.g., focus groups, interviews, interventions, etc.). Consistent with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21, all direct contact with human subjects and other lab personnel must stop by 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Research procedures can be postponed, limited, delayed, conducted online/virtually, or otherwise adapted to protect researchers, subjects, and our community.  All new studies that have not yet started should be postponed. This applies to all human subject research, even research with an Exempt determination. 


All human subject research projects that provide services to the community or that take place within the community must transition to virtual interaction as well.


We understand this will be disruptive, and it is not intended to be a full shutdown of research. Faculty members, students, and research teams can take this opportunity to focus on the activities that can be conducted remotely, such as completing data analysis, writing papers, and drafting grant proposals. In addition, where appropriate, in-person interactions may be transitioned to virtual interactions.

All protocol changes (e.g., transitioning fron in-person to online interviews) must be subitted as modifications in Cayuse IRB and receive approval prior to implementation.


Investigators halting their research must submit incident reports in Cayuse IRB.




**The UHSRC has new guidance for using gender inclusive language in surveys and interviews.

The Eastern Michigan University Human Subjects Review Committee (UHSRC) is the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The UHSRC is responsible for oversight of human subject research conducted by EMU investigators to ensure that human subjects in research are protected. This oversight involves the application of ethical principles and federal regulations concerning human subjects in research. All EMU faculty, staff, and students who are conducting human subject research must submit an application to the UHSRC for review. All studies must be reviewed and approved before beginning any research activities involving human subjects.

Cayuse IRB uses single sign on. Faculty and Staff accounts are added weekly through human resources. Students must submit this form for access to Cayuse IRB. Access will be available within two business days after submitting the form. The UHSRC is unable to send individual confirmation that students have been added due to the volume of requests received. Students who are unable to log into Cayuse IRB two business days after submitting the form should email [email protected].

Cayuse IRB maintains a separate support site that uses a separate (user-created) login. It is strongly recommended that you create an account on the support site. The support site contains helpful resources, including videos showing how to navigate Cayuse IRB, that are only accessible with a support account.

About the UHSRC

The UHSRC consists of faculty members who volunteer their time and service. The UHSRC is composed of members from every College on campus as well as representation from the community (i.e., members who are not affiliated with EMU). UHSRC members serve 3-year terms with the option of renewal. All high-risk studies will be reviewed by the UHSRC.

The UHSRC uses Cayuse IRB as its submission and document management system. Cayuse IRB supports an online, fully interactive application.

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