Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)

About the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)

All CUNY colleges including York College has a HRPP office.  This office is here to assist faculty, staff and students with applying relevant federal regulations and CUNY policies to their protocols to obtain approval. 

The campus HRPP Coordinator is Professor Deborah Majerovitz (;  Ext. 2694). Contact Professor Majerovitz with any questions about IRB applications.

The college also has a University - Integrated IRB Member, 
Nicholas Grosskopf - Vice-Chair Board #1
Assistant Professor, Health and Physical Education
Telephone: 718-262-5117

Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)

The CUNY Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is responsible for the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects in research projects conducted at CUNY or by CUNY faculty, staff and students and RF CUNY staff. The program provides oversight, administrative support and educational training to ensure that CUNY research complies with federal and State regulations, University policy and the highest ethical standards. The CUNY HRPP comprises of five (5) University Integrated Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and 19 on-site HRPP offices.  Four (4) of the UI-IRBs conduct convened meetings and the fifth UI-IRB is dedicated to expedited review.  The HRPP office conducts exempt reviews.

Research Determination: Do I need HRPP/UI-IRB approval?

If a study is designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge, and if it involves obtaining information from or about living individuals, the project requires approval from either the HRPP or UI-IRB approval.  For more information regarding research determinations please click here, Research Determination.

Training and Education

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, (CITI) is a comprehensive and informative set of modules that prepares researchers to exhibit ethical practices before and during their research.  Successful completion of the CITI is required for all human subjects research, funded or not funded.  All key personnel involved in the research are required to complete this certificate.  The certificate is valid for three (3) years.

For more information please visit Training and Education.

To access Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, please click here: CITI

IRB Application Submission

If you are a first time user of IRB Net, please click here for Registration instructions.

To Create a New Study/Project and Submit in IRBNet, please use the IRB Net Researcher Manual.

When you are ready to submit your application, please go to IRB Net and submit your application to the York College HRPP office.

Checklist to assist you in submitting the Correct Forms

Submitting an Application to the Department of Education

Any person who wishes to conduct research at a New York City school site or gather information on or from its students or staff must obtain written approval from the NYC DOE IRB. The following NYC DOE materials are provided to guide CUNY researchers through the NYC DOE IRB review process.


More Information

To obtain further information about the policies and procedures for the HRPP please visit the comprehensive CUNY website CUNY Office of Research Compliance or the links below for specific questions or concerns.

Multi-site research

CUNY Policies and Procedures

PI Qualifications and Responsibilities

Review Types and Processes

Informed Consent Process and Documentation

References and Resources

Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs)