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 Research Review Policy, including its description of criteria for Exempt, Expedited and Full Review Proposals, and required elements of informed consent.

*Revised Standards for Human Subjects-Related Research for all Daemen and Daemen-Affiliated Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the context of rapidly evolving circumstances regarding COVID-19, and Daemen’s focus on social distancing and the health and well-being of the community, the Human Subjects Research Review Committee (HSRRC) has issued revised standards related to human subjects-related research. These standards are being implemented with the primary focus to protect research participants, researchers, and the larger community from risk of infection with COVID-19.

Revised Standards:

Any interaction with human subjects is to be performed remotely (e.g., by phone, Zoom/Google Meets*, etc., or other means).

Any face-to-face interaction with human subjects that cannot be performed remotely should be immediately postponed until further notice. In cases where research is to be postponed and student researchers are involved whose research for their degree will be impacted, faculty/investigators should work with their students to develop revised/alternative plans to enable continued progress towards their degree.

Additionally, it is important to consider how the risks of assessing healthcare workers as research subjects may be potentially increased during this pandemic, especially among those whose responsibilities have been directly impacted. Many healthcare workers are already over burdened, and requests to participate in research may add to that burden. Thus, any research assessing healthcare workers will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis with additional focus on how the risks and benefits associated with the research may be impacted during the pandemic. 

To transition a previously approved protocol to remote participant interaction or to request an extension of HSRRC approval for a postponed study, please submit an official modification form.

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

*To protect participant privacy and confidentiality while using online platforms, it is important that the researcher(s) demonstrate that the most up-to-date security measures will be utilized. For example, when using Zoom, it is recommended that a password be required for meetings hosted using a Personal Meeting ID or for a new Meeting ID to be generated for each meeting and sent only to the participants involved in that meeting, for the waiting room feature to be enabled in which attendees must be admitted by the host, and that attendees' screens and microphones are muted upon initial entry.

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 2019 - 2020 HSRRC Meeting Dates

Meetings are usually held on the second or third Thursday of each month during the academic year (as specified below) in the RIC from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 pm.

Spring 2020

  • January 23rd - RIC 212
  • February 27th - RIC 212  *Note: this meeting will begin at 11:45 a.m.
  • March 26th - RIC 212
  • April 16th - RIC 212 


Frequently Asked Questions