The Human Subjects Research Review Committee

The Human Subjects Research Review Committee (HSRRC) is responsible for ensuring that all research at Daemen College involving human subjects is appropriately documented in accordance with pertinent legal and ethical requirements. Researchers who receive the Committee's approval for their projects are responsible for conducting the research as approved, without changes pertaining to the treatment of subjects, and are responsible for maintaining ethical standards while conducting research.

This page provides faculty and students with the necessary information to conduct, report and seek approval of research in the most appropriate and efficient manner.

Before submitting proposals, researchers must consult the Daemen College Human Subjects Research Review Policy, including its description of criteria for Exempt, Expedited and Full Review Proposals, and required elements of informed consent.


*Standards for Resuming In-Person, Face-to-Face Research Procedures for all Daemen and Daemen-Affiliated Research

The Human Subjects Research Review Committee (HSRRC) has issued standards for resuming in-person, face-to-face research procedures. These standards follow current state and federal guidelines and are being implemented with the primary focus to protect research participants, researchers, and the larger community from risk of infection with COVID-19.


Certain types of studies can be approved to utilize face-to-face research procedures. This is outlined in the Standards for Resuming Research document, which explains the types of research and what safety procedures need to be in place depending on Erie County risk levels, in order to conduct face-to-face procedures.

Current Stage: Yellow

Research Safety Plan:

ALL research studies using human subject participants that are requesting to use any in-person, face-to-face procedures must submit a Research Safety Plan. This applies to previously approved studies that have paused and wish to resume as well as any new study requests.

For any questions related to these standards, please contact the chair of the HSRRC at or the HSRRC administrator at (716) 839-8477.


Submission Instructions

All requests for review of proposals should be submitted to according to the following instructions. Please note that the review process will be delayed if applications are not submitted according to the following instructions.

  1. Complete an application for review of your protocol using the most current form that is available (posted in the sidebar).
  2. Send the application as a single Word doc. attachment (with all relevant appendices included at the end of the protocol application)  to The file name of your main application should be in the following format: Last Name First Initial - HSRR - Date [e.g., Smith K HSRR 10-18-16.doc].
  3. Include a meaningful subject line in your e-mail (e.g., HSRR Expedited Review Request: K. Smith) and a brief message in your e-mail indicating the level of review you are requesting. 
  4. If the project involves student researcher(s), the application must be fully vetted and sent by the Daemen faculty member supervising the project. Submissions will be returned and NOT reviewed if submitted by anyone other than supervising faculty.
  5. Send the application from your e-mail address, and cc all associated investigators on the email submission. (Copy the submission e-mail to all Daemen-affiliated associate investigators' e-mail addresses and to all non-Daemen-affiliated associate investigators' professional e-mail addresses.)
  6. Current verification (completion reports) of CITI training from ALL investigators (including all student researchers and faculty sponsors) must accompany the application (either as a separate attachment or within the protocol application document). Daemen researchers needing CITI training should access the CITI Program website.  Please refer to CITI Instructions below (under FAQs) for further information and more detailed instructions about accessing the CITI site and completion requirements.



Proposals for Exempt and Expedited review are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis (ie. no deadlines) and may be submitted at any time without regard to meeting schedule. For your research timeline, please plan on 2 - 3 weeks turnaround time for review of applications for Certification of Exemption, and 3 - 4 weeks turnaround time for review of applications for Expedited review. Proposals that are incomplete or inaccurately submitted will likely extend your timeline. 

Proposals for Full Committee review must be received 10 business days prior to the scheduled meeting date (see below), or review of the proposal may be tabled for the following meeting.

Please note: regardless of the type of review being submitted, please plan your timeline accordingly, and allow for the potential of multiple rounds of revisions.

Academic Year 2020- 2021 HSRRC Meeting Dates

Meetings are usually held once per month on a Thursday in the RIC from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. during the academic year (typically the HSRRC does not meet during the summer). 

For Fall 2020, HSRRC meetings will occur via Zoom.

Fall 2020

  • September 17th
  • October 15th
  • November 19th 
  • December 10th 

Spring 2021

  • TBD

Frequently Asked Questions

HSRRC Templates and Samples