IRB Guidance

Harvey Mudd College works with Claremont Graduate University (CGU) to set guidelines pertaining to Institutional Review Board (IRB) processes and approval. The CGU Institutional Review Board ensures compliance with federal and state regulations concerning the use of humans as research subjects. Their focus is to facilitate faculty investigators and help train student investigators to understand and carry out the fundamental purpose of all IRBs, which is to assure the Investigator’s Respectful Behavior toward every person who participates in research as a “human subject.”

Submit/Manage Research Protocols

All IRB protocols should be submitted in Axiom Mentor. Using Axiom Mentor, investigators can create, edit, submit, amend, renew, and track the review process of all study protocols. Not sure if your study needs IRB review? The protocol creation process includes an interactive questionnaire designed to provide feedback on what kind of review, if any, is needed. For help getting started, see the “Getting Started with Mentor IRB” documentation.

Human Subjects Protections Training

To better facilitate the requirement that all investigators complete training in human subjects protections, user accounts in Axiom Mentor and the CITI Program are now linked. The CITI Program will update Axiom Mentor daily with your current training credentials, which means CGU investigators will no longer need to send their CITI credentials to CGU’s IRB. Investigators can check on their credentials, including expiration and renewal dates, by following the “Human Subjects Certification” link in Axiom Mentor’s menu.

HMC Consent/Assent forms

The forms below, as well as others that you will find on the CGU IRB Forms page, were developed and maintained by CGUs IRB. All HMC consent/assent forms have been updated as of October 2020 to comply with revisions to the common rule and stricter standards regarding readability. All HMC investigators should submit consent/assent forms using current versions of these templates, unless seeking approval for a waiver or modification of documentation of informed consent.

More information, including IRB members, can be found on the CGU IRB website. For IRB-related questions, please contact CGUs IRB via email at or via phone at 909.607.9406.